Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

CDC: 'Throw away' pre-cut melons after salmonella outbreak

CDC: 'Throw away' pre-cut melons after salmonella outbreak

Georgia, along with seven other states, is on a list of affected areas that have salmonella in pre-cut melons.

There have been 60 reported cases of illness including over 30 hospitalizations.

The fruit was sold in clear, plastic containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon. The signs of the disease start showing within a few hours and can last for around 4-7 days.

Some of the melon being recalled as part of a multi-state salmonella outbreak has been linked to an IN distributor.

In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

The FDA is now reporting that 60 Salmonella illnesses in five different states are under investigation.

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The recall affected at least 10 large grocery chains, including Whole Foods, which is a subsidiary of Caito Foods, LLC hasrecalledfruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons to prevent further distribution of potentially contaminated products. Thirty-two of those cases were in MI.

Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you dont remember where it was purchased.

Caito Foods, a leading fresh-cut produce distributor based in Indianapolis, has issued a voluntary recall of various pre-cut melon products following a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. No deaths have been reported and the agencies urged residents in the eight states to throw out any melon that may have been recalled.

The CDC said evidence suggested that melon supplied by Caito Foods "is a likely source of this multistate outbreak". Cases are usually worse in young people, the elderly and those with already compromised immune symptoms.

Amid an ongoing investigation from IDPH, the agency recommends to not purchase pre-cut melons from Walmart stores in IL.

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