Monday, 22 October, 2018

Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people: CDC

Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people: CDC Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people: CDC
Anna Jefferson | 13 June, 2018, 02:04

Overall, 60 people have been infected with the strain - six in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in OH - and 31 people have been hospitalized. It started around the end of April and has spread into Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Missouri.

Officials urged people to throw out pre-cut melon sold in major supermarket chains after a salmonella outbreak linked to the fruit sickened 60 people in five states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

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 said authorities are investigating whether the affected products went to additional stores or states. Kroger's pre-cut melon and pre-cut fruit salads sold in Kroger stores in Georgia are sourced from a different supplier, according to Kroger's Atlanta division corporate affairs manager Felix Turner.

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The CDC said evidence suggested that melon supplied by Caito Foods "is a likely source of this multistate outbreak". Kroger Co. said customers who purchased the melon from the company's IN and MI store locations should not consume them and return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN and MI. "On June 7, 2018, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores from the affected states".

-Number of people sickened and hospitalized: The CDC reports 60 people infected, 31 of which have been hospitalized, 51.7 percent. The fruit was produced in a facility in Indianapolis, Ind.

Caito Foods has seized production and distribution of the melons.

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