Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak — CDC

  • Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak — CDC

Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak — CDC

The melon warning comes days after the apparent end of an E. coli bacteria outbreak that killed one person, sent 75 to hospitals, and caused a nationwide warning against eating romaine lettuce. It says the five states where people were sickened are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

Caito Foods on Friday voluntarily recalled fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons that the supplier processed.

The salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut melon has a high hospitalization rate and concerns pre-cut melon sold by several of the nation's high-volume grocers, but the issue looks relatively confined geographically.

In news that is sure to strike fear in the heart of fruit salad lovers everywhere, an outbreak of salmonella has been traced to pre-cut melons sold at Walmart, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Kroger, and Amazon, among other stores.

-States getting the pre-cut melon: North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

The company is looking into whether products were sent to any additional stores or states.

Kroger reported that it has withdrawn store-brand precut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes sold at Kroger, Jay C, Owen's and Pay Less stores in IN and MI due to possible salmonella contamination.

The CDC is advising consumers to check your fridge and freezer for recalled products and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Kroger announced last week it had removed the affected products from its stores in IN and MI "out of an abundance of caution", and has temporarily suspended shipments of any new products from Caito Foods. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. They were produced by Caito Foods in Indianapolis from April 17 through Thursday.

No deaths have been reported thus far.