Officials Linking Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak To Pre-Cut Melons

10 June, 2018, 05:14 | Author: Clint Gray
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Several health agencies are warning customers of Kroger and Walmart about pre-cut melons that were sold being infected with Salmonella in the Midwest.

'Recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and OH, ' the CDC said.

The recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Walmart and Kroger are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak.

The affected products were in clear plastic containers and distributed to stores including Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Walgreens and Trader Joe's.

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A recall has affected eight states, the CDC said.

Those who bought the melon are advised to throw it away or return them to the stores where they were purchased for a refund.

The notice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons or other types of pre-cut fruit.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon.

In a news release Friday, the CDC pinpointed pre-cut melon supplied by the Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, LLC, as the likely source.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores. IDPH said the illness usually lasts four to seven days.

CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

Among those who fell ill from the deadly bacteria, 31 sought treatment at a hospital complaining of symptoms such as vomiting, fever and diarrhea, aol.com reported.

Health officials say only pre-cut melons have been linked at this time and recommend consumers buy whole melons.

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