Cut melons from Kroger, Walmart linked to Salmonella outbreak


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 60 cases reported in five states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

The melon was distributed to Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois and Kentucky. The melon products were sold by Costco, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon to name a few. "However, if a Kroger customer has any concerns about pre-cut melon and/or pre-made fruit salads purchased at a Kroger store, they may return it to the store for a full refund". Of those, 31 have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

Diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps are the symptoms of salmonella infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

"Dehydration and severe infection from salmonella can land somebody in the hospital", said Naismith. People who are older than 65 or younger than 20, transplant recipients, pregnant women, those traveling through countries with poor sanitation, and people with weak immune systems are said to be at the highest risk of becoming infected with salmonella. Packages of pre-cut melon were recalled over the weekend in eight states for possible contamination.

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The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections.

Mixed Fruit Products that include fresh cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon are among those recalled by Caito Foods.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development supervisors say 32 people in Michigan have become ill because of the outbreak. Janet Hill, COO of the Rock Island County Health Department, said the agency hasn't indicated whether any cases are from the Illinois Quad-Cities, but urged consumers to not eat pre-cut melon from area Walmarts. No deaths linked to the outbreak have been reported.

So far only pre-cut melons have been linked, but it's important to remember food safety measures if you buy whole melons.