Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Salmonella melon recall includes these Georgia stores

Salmonella melon recall includes these Georgia stores

Luckily, unlike the E. coli outbreak, whose source still has federal investigators scratching their heads, the salmonella outbreak can be traced back to precut melons prepared at a food facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Officials are advising people to avoid eating anything on the new recall list, which includes specific brands of "fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh cut fruit medley products".

- The CDC has issued a warning after a group of pre-cut melon products may have led to the hospitalization of over 30 people for salmonella infections. They were sold in clear plastic containers at stores including Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods.

At least 60 people have reported getting sick from a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The FDA said it's working with the CDC to determine if the recalled products went to additional stores or states. The melon was also sold in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

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

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.

"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.

The CDC's website states that, as of Thursday, 66 percent of the salmonella patients had been hospitalized and no deaths had been reported.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. "Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".

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