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Recalled melon linked to 60 illnesses was distributed in NC, officials say

10 June 2018

The CDC said that 60 people have reportedly been infected with a strain of Salmonella Adelaide, with 31 people hospitalized. If you are unsure of where you bought the pre-cut melon, the CDC says that it should be thrown away.

Walmart and Kroger are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak.

The CDC said that Caito Foods LLC recalled a selection of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, a fruit medley on June 8.

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The recall affected at least 10 large grocery chains, including Whole Foods, which is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, whose chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns The Washington Post. Check your fridge and freezer for them and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

A multi-state Salmonella outbreak has been linked to pre-cut melons.

Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons from their shelves, according to IDPH.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores. Every year, it makes about 1.2 million people sick, puts 23,000 into the hospital and kills 450 people in the U.S. The Indiana health department said symptoms include diarrhea and stomach cramps and typically appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection.

For now the agency is recommending that Missourians discard melon and fruit salads that contain it if it came from Walmart or if they don't remember where it came from. Whole melons are not affected, the CDC said. Most people recover without treatment, but severe cases can lead to hospitalization. Although the shelf life of the melon is limited, Kroger said, it issued the alert out of an abundance of caution.

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Recalled melon linked to 60 illnesses was distributed in NC, officials say