Cut melon linked to U.S., Kansas salmonella outbreak recalled

Watermelon file

Watermelon file

An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Pre-cut melons sold at several stores in MI and around the Midwest is being recalled for possible salmonella risk.

The FDA says if you bought the product from one of those stores and it has a best used date of April 19th or earlier, you should throw it out. Retailers include Amazon/Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Walmart and Trader Joe's.

Caito Foods has recalled pre-cut melons over possible salmonella contamination tied to 93 illnesses.

The illness typically lasts 4 to 7 days. Ill people range in age from less than one to 98 years, with a median age of 53.

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For a complete list of products, stores and UPC codes for recalled items, go to the following link. Thirty (77 percent) of 39 people interviewed reported eating pre-cut melons purchased from grocery stores, including pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, or a fruit salad mix or fruit tray with melon.

However, some people may become so ill that they need to be hospitalized.

The strain can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people or people with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA statement.

The products were packaged in clear containers and distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, Caito Foods said. "Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product". Caito Foods did not immediately reply to calls requesting a statement.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria. It was sold on Amazon.com under the Whole Foods label.

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