Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Salmonella illnesses linked to pre-cut melons made at Indianapolis facility

Salmonella illnesses linked to pre-cut melons made at Indianapolis facility

At least 60 people have been sickened and dozens have been hospitalized with salmonella after tainted pre-cut melons were distributed to stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods in several states, federal officials said.

The melon was also sold in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Those who reported illness said they had eaten pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon, or a fruit salad mix with melon.

Kroger, Walmart, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states have removed pre-cut melon products tied to the outbreak.

"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", said the recall, which includes a list of all products affected.

"Check your fridge and freezer for them and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund", the CDC said.

Separately, the CDC is reporting an outbreak of salmonella linked to backyard chickens that had made 124 people in 36 states sick. If you have recently purchased pre-cut melons from Walmart, throw it out.

Additionally, the agency said MI consumers who bought pre-cut melon at a Kroger store should also throw out the product. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention.

Individuals who have consumed pre-cut melon and are experiencing symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact a healthcare provider. Cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and OH in patients ranging from 23 to 87 years old. However, for some, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary.

Whole melons are still safe to eat, according to the CDC.

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