Indianapolis supplier likely source of melon salmonella outbreak

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Pre-cut melons have been recalled after an multi-state outbreak of salmonella. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the supplier Caito Foods, in Indianapolis is the source.

Caito has since voluntarily recalled fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons that were produced at its Indianapolis facility.

According to the CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 60 people in five states, including 11 Hoosiers, have reported getting sick.

The involved products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and sold at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Trader Joes, Walmart, Walgreen, and Whole Foods in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. 

Anyone who has purchased the pre-cut melons from these stores should not eat them and should throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can be contracted through exposure to undercooked foods such as poultry and eggs as well as contact with feces from an infected animal. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramps that typically appear between 12 to 72 hours after consumption. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

Click here for a full list of the recalled products.

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