Walmart pre-cut melons linked to multi-state Salmonella outbreak

Kenny Tucker
June 10, 2018

Six cases reported in IL matched a multi-state outbreak strain, IDPH said.

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

The CDC has indicated that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods of Indianapolis is a likely source of the outbreak.

Health officials are warning a multi-state Salmonella outbreak has been linked to pre-cut melon. People between the ages of 23 and 87 across the state were reported ill. Consumers who have purchased pre-cut melon, including fruit salads mixed with melon, are urged not to eat it and throw it away.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states. Most people affected by salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and recover without treatment. However, for some, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary.

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The notice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons or other types of pre-cut fruit. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

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

Health officials say it's important to remember food safety measures, including washing the fruit before cutting, wash hands and utensils, and don't let fruits and vegetables come in contact with raw meat. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

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