Salmonella outbreak linked to cut melon at Walmart, Kroger

Ebony Scott
June 10, 2018

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

According to Food Safety News, there are 32 cases reported in MI, 11 in IN, 10 in Missouri, six in IL and one in Ohio.

Officials said pre-cut melons distributed by Caito Foods, which is based in Indianapolis, were the likely source of the outbreak.

Several health agencies are warning customers of Kroger and Walmart about pre-cut melons that were sold being infected with Salmonella in the Midwest.

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IL cases range in age from 23 to 87 years and officials say cases have been reported in all regions of the state. Consumers who have purchased pre-cut melon, including fruit salads mixed with melon, are urged not to eat it and throw it away. Other grocery stores could be added to the list.

IDPH suggests that anyone who has pre-cut melon from Walmart should throw it out, and if they have eaten it and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps, they should contact a health care provider. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen.

The CDC says 31 of the people sickened have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to severe illness.

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