Salmonella cases across Midwest linked to pre-chopped melons

Salmonella cases across Midwest linked to pre-chopped melons

Salmonella cases across Midwest linked to pre-chopped melons

A salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people last month has been linked to pre-cut melons from a food distributor in Indianapolis, spurring a recall of products in eight states.

The products were sold at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Walgreens, Whole Foods and other stores in Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

The Center for Disease Control says at least 60 people have gotten sick, including six in IL. The CDC investigation indicates pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are a likely source of this multistate outbreak.

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.

Do not eat recalled products. 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.

If you have shopped at Walmart recently you might want to throw some things out.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon. Symptoms usually hit 12 to 72 hours after eating food contaminated by the salmonella bacteria, and may be severe enough to require hospitalization.

"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away", the CDC said in a statement. While the current guidance applies only to pre-cut melons and not whole melons, Hoosiers should always wash whole melons before cutting them to reduce the risk of illness.

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