CDC: Pre-cut melon recalled after multi-state salmonella outbreak

Pre-cut melon packaged on its own and in fruit salad mix has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella

Pre-cut melon packaged on its own and in fruit salad mix has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella

The melon warning comes days after the apparent end of an E. coli bacteria outbreak that killed one person, sent 75 to hospitals, and caused a nationwide warning against eating romaine lettuce.

About 60 people in five states, including five in IN, were sickened by the fruit, the health department said. The company has since issued a recall notice in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and OH - removing clear plastic containers of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed melons from the shelves.

Separately, the CDC is reporting an outbreak of salmonella linked to backyard chickens that had made 124 people in 36 states sick.

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged residents of eight USA states to check for recalled pre-cut melon that is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella.

Caito Foods says the products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Kroger's pre-cut melon and pre-cut fruit salads sold in Kroger stores in Georgia are sourced from a different supplier, according to Kroger's Atlanta division corporate affairs manager Felix Turner.

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They are all linked to the the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, the CDC said.

The Cincinnati-based supermarket retailer said it was informed about the salmonella outbreak by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 7, and customers who have purchased affected products can return them to a store for a full refund or a replacement.

Most people bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall.

The CDC's website states that, as of Thursday, 66 percent of the salmonella patients had been hospitalized and no deaths had been reported. "Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".

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