Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Recall on pre-cut melon due to possible salmonella contamination

Recall on pre-cut melon due to possible salmonella contamination

Pre-cut melon sold at Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Walmart, Trader Joe's and other stores is now being voluntarily recalled due to the possibility of salmonella contamination.

The melon was sold and bought in 9 states: Illinois, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Missouri.

So far, 23 people have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak.

A US food supplier has announced a voluntary recall of several products over concerns of salmonella contamination.

"Caito Foods has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigations", the FDA said in its announcement.

Salmonella contamination concerns have prompted the recall of some melon products sold at Walmart, Target, GFS, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and other stores in 16 states including OH and Pennsylvania. Otherwise, health people infected with salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

If Caito Foods is listed as the distributor, the products should not be eaten, according to the FDA. They advised stores to pull the products from shelves.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. It was sold on under the Whole Foods label.

"Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product", the FDA said in a statement.

On average, it takes from 12 to 72 hours for the symptoms to develop after swallowing an infectious dose of salmonella. Most people recover on their own.

But if you become seriously ill, you may need hospital care because the dehydration caused by the illness can be life-threatening.

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