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

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

Several health agencies are warning customers of Kroger and Walmart about pre-cut melons that were sold being infected with Salmonella in the Midwest. IN has had 11 sickened, while Missouri has had 10, OH has had one case and IL six.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said more people have been hospitalized from this outbreak compared to past ones.

The salmonella cases in IN and MI were traced to melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C and Payless grocers.

Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio.

The melon products have been recalled, but authorities advise consumers not to eat pre-cut melon products produced at Caito Foods and packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers.

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Officials say the IL salmonella cases linked to pre-cut melon affected people ages 23 to 87. They include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

While cut melons are the only ones linked to this outbreak, IDPH said people should remember some safety measures for consuming melons bought whole as well. The elderly, infants, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

"This investigation is moving rapidly".

The advice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year.