Multistate outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut melon, CDC says

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Multi State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons     by Press release submission |  Jun 12 2018

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Multi State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons by Press release submission | Jun 12 2018

The melon warning comes days after the apparent end of an E. coli bacteria outbreak that killed one person, sent 75 to hospitals, and caused a nationwide warning against eating romaine lettuce.

Health officials are investigating a multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon. No deaths have been reported, the CDC announced in a news release Friday afternoon, but 60 people have been sickened in five states: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.

However, in a statement a Kroger spokesperson said, "Pre-cut melon and pre-made fruit salad with melon sold in Kroger stores in Georgia are not affected by the recent recall by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention".

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. The CDC notes that a preliminary investigation has centered on Caito Foods LLC, which is the distributor of the melons that have been confirmed as contaminated.

The company is looking into whether products were sent to any additional stores or states. They are sold all over the United States, including in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina, in addition to the states that already have confirmed salmonella cases on their hands.

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In a tweet posted on Sunday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urged consumers in the eight affected states to check the "fridge and freezer for recalled pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella outbreak".

Most people bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest.

-Number of people sickened and hospitalized: The CDC reports 60 people infected, 31 of which have been hospitalized, 51.7 percent. They were produced by Caito Foods in Indianapolis from April 17 through Thursday.

Caito Foods has seized production and distribution of the melons.

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