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Pre-cut melon likely cause of Salmonella outbreak — CDC

Pre-cut melon likely cause of Salmonella outbreak — CDC

- If you recently bought some pre-cut melons, you'll want to throw them out depending where they were bought.

On Thursday, Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states removed pre-cut melon products linked to the outbreak, the CDC said in announcing the outbreak.

In a news release Friday, the CDC pinpointed pre-cut melon supplied by the Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, LLC, as the likely source. It recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products at its facility.

The CDC is recalling pre-cut melons, including those found in fruit salads, distribute to several states due to a potential salmonella bacteria contamination.

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Retailers should not sell or serve recalled pre-cut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service, and SpartanNash Distribution. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation. For some people, though, the diarrhea that accompanies the illness may be severe and require hospitalization.

So far, the CDC said, 31 of 60 victims have been hospitalized, though none have died. Most people affected by salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and recover without treatment. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

While cut melons are the only ones linked to this outbreak, IDPH said people should remember some safety measures for consuming melons bought whole as well. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped.