Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Cut melons from Kroger, Walmart linked to Salmonella outbreak

Cut melons from Kroger, Walmart linked to Salmonella outbreak

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are working alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify the precise source of the outbreak.

On Thursday, Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states removed pre-cut melon products linked to the outbreak, the CDC said in announcing the outbreak.

If you bought pre-cut melon at a Walmart in Missouri, throw it away. Now.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development supervisors say 32 people in Michigan have become ill because of the outbreak.

Of the 60 cases of reported salmonella infection, 31 have resulted in hospitalization. CDC's advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold.

Most of those infected with the salmonella strain bought pre-cut melons, including cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with melon, at one of the stores, according to state officials. "The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons", the state said in a press release. Most people are able to fully recover in 4 to 7 days. Also make sure you've washed your hands and all utensilsknives and cutting boards, and don't let fresh fruits and vegetables come into contact with raw meat.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death when a person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

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