Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest

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The salmonella outbreak in eight states has been linked to pre-cut melon sold at Walmart, Costco, Jay C, Payless, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Kroger stores. The melon products have been recalled.

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged residents of eight USA states to check for recalled pre-cut melon that is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella.

People should not eat the recalled cut melon or fruit salad products, the CDC said.

The CDC reported Saturday that the melon has been recalled in eight states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina. Caito's website says the Indianapolis Service Center and Fresh Cut facility is located at 3120 N. Post Road.

-States with people sickened: MI (32), IN (11), Missouri (10), IL (six) and OH (one).

The FDA reports the youngest infected is an infant and the oldest is 97 years old.

On Thursday, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed The Kroger Co. about the multiple illnesses. 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.

Kroger announced last week it had removed the affected products from its stores in IN and MI "out of an abundance of caution", and has temporarily suspended shipments of any new products from Caito Foods. Salmonella sickens more than one million people annually in the States, with common symptoms including temporary fever, vomiting and abdominal pain.

No deaths have been reported.

It takes an average of two to four weeks from the time a person becomes ill until the illness is reported, so illnesses that occurred after May 20 might not yet be counted, the CDC website states. At least 31 people were hospitalized.

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