Walmart pre-cut melons linked to multi-state Salmonella outbreak

09 June, 2018, 21:29 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • Pre-cut melon sold in Indiana recalled by Kroger due to possible salmonella contamination	 	 	 			melon cut into slices

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recalling pre-cut melon and pre-made fruit salads with melon distributed to stores in eight states-Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio-because of potential salmonella bacteria contamination.

"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.

Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have issued a warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon.

Walmart stores in IL have removed the product linked to the outbreak from their shelves.


If you have purchased any fruit that may have been connected with the recall, the CDC is asking that you throw it away immediately.

No deaths have been reported but 32 of the 60 cases of people falling ill have happened in MI. Some people could end up with severe diarrhea that requires a hospital trip. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons from their shelves, according to IDPH. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Individuals who believe they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves.

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