Cut melon linked to U.S., Kansas salmonella outbreak recalled


Consumers are advised not the consume the product and to promptly dispose of any remaining product.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC.

The CDC has issued a food safety alert due to a recent salmonella outbreak from pre-cut melons distributed in 16 states.

Caito Foods fruit is sold in stores owned by Kroger, Target, Trader Joes, Walmart and Amazon/Whole Foods, officials said.

Almost 100 people have been reported sick from consuming these pre-cut melons.

If Caito Foods is listed as the distributor, the products should not be eaten, according to the FDA. Most people recover on their own. "As our investigation unfolds, we're advising consumers to take action now by discarding any implicated pre-cut melon product that may still be in their fridge or freezer". Contamination is possible if raw and cooked foods are stored together.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella Carrau is described as rare.

Affected states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The symptoms including diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

You usually get salmonella by eating contaminated food.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, five cases have been reported in northeastern and eastern Illinois.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.