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Caito Foods issues recall of pre-cut melon, may be linked to Salmonella


INDIANA, (WOWO) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning Indiana and Ohio residents to refrain from purchasing pre-cut melon, as it may be linked to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonellosis.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), along with the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is currently investigating the outbreak, which has sickened 60 people in five states, including 11 in Indiana.

The pre-cut melon was supplied by Caito Foods of Indianapolis. The company issued a voluntary recall Friday on fresh-cut watermelon, honey melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit.

The recall affects stores in Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. The products were sold at the following locations:

  • Costco
  • Jay C
  • Kroger
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens
  • Whole Foods

The products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers. Consumers who purchased these products should throw them away immediately, or return them to the store of purchase for a full refund.

Symptoms of Salmonellosis include diarrhea and abdominal cramps, which typically appear between 12-72 hours of contracting an infection. The infection can last between 4-7 days, and people usually recover without treatment.

Young children and elderly people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to the illness, and may need to be hospitalized if it spreads to the bloodstream.

This is an ongoing investigation. Visit www.cdc.gov for updates.

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