Grocers and other stores that sold the melon in clear plastic clamshell containers include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Owen's, Pay Less, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Walgreens and Whole Foods in Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.
The Kroger Co. and Walmart are among grocery retailers that have removed fresh-cut melon products from their stores in connection with a multistate outbreak of salmonella.
Officials urged people to throw out pre-cut melon sold in major supermarket chains after a salmonella outbreak linked to the fruit sickened 60 people in five states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
Caito Foods has seized production and distribution of the melons. The CDC said authorities are investigating whether the affected products went to additional stores or states. "Ill people reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix with melon".
Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased.
There have been 60 people reported infected and 31 people hospitalized with salmonella infection in five Midwestern states, said the CDC. Kroger Co. said customers who purchased the melon from the company's IN and MI store locations should not consume them and return them to a store for a full refund or replacement. The CDC notes that a preliminary investigation has centered on Caito Foods LLC, which is the distributor of the melons that have been confirmed as contaminated.
No deaths have been reported thus far. Consumers are urged to throw away pre-cut melon that fall within the recall. They were produced by Caito Foods in Indianapolis from April 17 through Thursday.
"Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution", the company said in a statement, adding it "has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".