Cut melons from Kroger, Walmart linked to Salmonella outbreak

Jun 09, 2018, 21:29
Cut melons from Kroger, Walmart linked to Salmonella outbreak

IN has had 11 sickened, while Missouri has had 10, OH has had one case and IL six.

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis. The agency did not specify a specific kind of melon, but said the outbreak is linked to melons bought already cut and packaged -alone or in fruit salad. IN and MI residents are also advised to throw away melon from Kroger, Jay C, or Payless stores after the outbreaks, according to a CDC press release Friday. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

In a news release sent Friday, IDPH Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah said the department is warning people not to eat pre-cut melons bought at Walmart stores in IL or any other state affected by the outbreak.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection can appear within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no need to avoid whole melon at this point.

Consumers who do not remember what store their pre-cut melon was purchased from should also discard it. It's recommended that you do not eat any pre-cut melons from Walmart stores anywhere in the state. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Individuals who believe they might have gotten salmonella should contact their health care provider.

"This investigation is moving rapidly".