Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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The Latest Salmonella Outbreak Is Being Traced Back to Precut Melons

The Latest Salmonella Outbreak Is Being Traced Back to Precut Melons

As reported by The New York Times, packages of fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe are now being recalled in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

The company says because it is possible the products were shipped between April 17 and June 7, they could still be on store shelves, extending the recall to both retailers and consumers.

Illnesses from the fruit were reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. In Georgia, these include Costco, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Caito Foods LLC on Friday recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medleys containing at least one of those melons that were produced at its facility in Indianapolis, the Associated Press reported.

The CDC said evidence suggested that melon supplied by Caito Foods "is a likely source of this multistate outbreak".

The FDA said it's working with the CDC to determine if the recalled products went to additional stores or states. Kroger's pre-cut melon and pre-cut fruit salads sold in Kroger stores in Georgia are sourced from a different supplier, according to Kroger's Atlanta division corporate affairs manager Felix Turner.

"The potential that these products are contaminated with salmonella was discovered through analyzing reports made by state departments of public health", Indianapolis-based Caito Foods said in a statement.

Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio. No deaths have been reported so far. Kroger Co. said customers who purchased the melon from the company's IN and MI store locations should not consume them and return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away".

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