Salmonella Outbreak on Fruits Produced by Caito Foods

Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest

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Other states also have reported illnesses - including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and OH - with 28 sickened outside of MI.

The recalled fruit was sold in Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and OH according to the release.

On Thursday, Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states removed pre-cut melon products linked to the outbreak, the CDC said in announcing the outbreak. No deaths have been reported, but 31 people have been hospitalized. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramps and typically appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment. For some people, though, the diarrhea that accompanies the illness may be severe and require hospitalization.

There are 60 people ill with this strain of Salmonella in five states: IL (6), IN (11), MI (32), MO (10), OH (1). The melon products have been recalled. No deaths have been reported so far.

Last month millions of eggs were recalled for a salmonella contamination as well and there were 35 cases reportedly linked to that outbreak.

Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN and MI.

According to the CDC and the FDA, Caito Foods, a food distributor based in Indianapolis, delivered salmonella-infected fruits packages such as pre-cut melons, mixed fruits packages, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you check your fridge and freezer immediately and throw away any suspect items.

The CDC said evidence suggested that melon supplied by Caito Foods "is a likely source of this multistate outbreak".

On the other hand, salmonellosis is troublesome and even fatal for elderlies, young children, or people with a poor immune system.

"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away".

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