Salmonella linked to Pre-Cut Melon

Nora Nguyen
June 10, 2018

On Thursday, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all the stores in the affected states, the CDC reported.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall.

It recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products at its facility. It was sold in clear plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.

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Six people are sick in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in Ohio.

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. 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. "Check your fridge and freezer for them and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund", the CDC warned consumers. It only applies to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon.

"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away", the CDC said in a statement.

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The advice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment. In rare cases, an infection can lead to death unless a patient receives prompt treatment with antibiotics.

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