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

10 June 2018
Salmonella illnesses linked to pre-cut melons made at Indianapolis facility

The products were sold in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Precut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes sold in select Kroger, Jay C, Owen's and Pay Less stores in IN and MI are being recalled, the grocer announced Friday.

A multistate outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut melon has sickened at least 60 people, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday.

Officials say the IL salmonella cases linked to pre-cut melon affected people ages 23 to 87.

Those who reported illness said they had eaten pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon, or a fruit salad mix with melon.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramps and typically appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result.

If you bought pre-cut melon at a Walmart in Missouri, throw it away. Now.

So far only pre-cut melons have been linked, but it's important to remember food safety measures if you buy whole melons. The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to severe illness. IDPH said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to identify the exact source, and recalls may be issued once more information comes to light.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon.

In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death when a person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.