Salmonella warning for pre-cut melons bought at Kroger, Walmart

Pre-cut melon sold in Indiana recalled by Kroger due to possible salmonella contamination	 	 	 			melon cut into slices

Pre-cut melon sold in Indiana recalled by Kroger due to possible salmonella contamination melon cut into slices

According to the CDC, at least 60 people have fallen ill in five states - six in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in Ohio. So far, there have been 31 people hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.

Salmonellosis or salmonella is a bacterial infection that can be contracted through exposure to undercooked animal-based foods, such as poultry and eggs, and contact with feces from an infected animal or person, according to the CDC.

The CDC said that Caito Foods LLC recalled a selection of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, a fruit medley on June 8.

The affected products were in clear plastic containers and distributed to stores including Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Walgreens and Trader Joe's. Check your fridge and freezer for them and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Dozens of people are sick across the Midwest due to a salmonella outbreak in certain pre-chopped melons. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The notice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons or other types of pre-cut fruit.

The US Food and Drug Administration, which is investigating the outbreak alongside the CDC, is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped.

Last year, the CDC reported the largest number of salmonella illnesses linked to backyard flocks after the lifestyle trend emerged across the country.

Health officials say only pre-cut melons have been linked at this time and recommend consumers buy whole melons. For some people, though, the diarrhea that accompanies the illness may be severe and require hospitalization.

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