Salmonella illnesses linked to pre-cut melons made at Indianapolis facility

Glen Mclaughlin
June 9, 2018

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.

Both stores have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak, MI health officials say.

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis.

Health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to the consumption of pre-cut melons purchased at grocery stores. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health says if you have any pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

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. Some people could end up with severe diarrhea that requires a hospital trip. "If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out". The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons.

Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves.

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