Salmonella in cut melons sickens 60 people, CDC says

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2018

The cut fruit was packaged in clear-plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. The reported cases were in IL (6), in (11), MI (32), Missouri (10) and OH (1).

According to our sister station KFOR in Oklahoma City, stores carrying the melon include Walmart, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Kroger, Costco, Jay C, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts and Trader Joe's.

The Indiana Department of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were investigating.

People who ate those pre-cut melon products began falling ill with the salmonella adelaide strain of the bacteria in late April, and hospitalization spiked two weeks later, with patients ranging from an infant to a 97-year-old.

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The CDC is continuing their investigation to determine if the products went to additional retailers. 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. Of those, 31 have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

If you have purchased any fruit that may have been connected with the recall, the CDC is asking that you throw it away immediately.

However, it wasn't until Friday that the CDC announced the connection to the multistate outbreak, said Karim Baroudi, Hancock Public Health commissioner. The company says the products, which were produced at its Indianapolis facility, have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

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.

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