Salmonella outbreak hits pre-cut melons just in time for summer

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Salmonella outbreak hits pre-cut melons just in time for summer

Caito Foods, LLC recalled its packages of pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut medley products containing these melons after people reported feeling ill after eating the fruits, the CDC said in a news release.

Because it is possible that products shipped between April 17 and June 7, 2018, could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.

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

According to the Centers for Disease Control, salmonella is to blame for making 60 people sick last month in a multi-state outbreak.

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.

However, it wasn't until Friday that the CDC announced the connection to the multistate outbreak, said Karim Baroudi, Hancock Public Health commissioner. The melon was also sold in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

-States with people sickened: MI (32), IN (11), Missouri (10), IL (six) and OH (one).

The CDC urges consumers not to eat recalled products, to check the fridge and freezer for the recalled melons and to throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.

If it is unknown which store melons were purchased from, health officials say not to eat the fruit and throw it away.

"Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution", the agency said in a statement, adding that it "has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".

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

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