Melons recalled in Iowa, Minnesota due to salmonella fears

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Pre-cut melon sold at Whole Foods Kroger and other stores recalled 93 people sick in salmonella outbreak Pre-cut melon

Centers for Disease Control investigators said they have identified 93 illnesses from a certain strain of salmonella and say they could be linked to the fresh-cut melon products.

A total of 93 cases have been reported in the outbreak, from nine states: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The fruit typically is packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers, officials said, adding that the containers are branded with a variety of labels.

"Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution", the release said, adding that an investigation is ongoing and that the company has suspended production and distribution at its Indianapolis, Indiana packaging plant while an investigation is conducted.

Salmonella contamination concerns have prompted the recall of some melon products sold at Walmart, Target, GFS, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and other stores in 16 states including OH and Pennsylvania. They also advise people to not eat, serve, or sell recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe, or fruit medley products with one of these melons.

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For a complete list of products, stores and UPC codes for recalled items, go to the following link.

According to the FDA, Walmart stores were informed to pull the products from store shelves in impacted states on April 11.

Symptoms usually begin 12 to 72 hours after consuming the bacteria and can last four to seven days.

Fruit sits on display inside a Whole Foods Market in NY in this file photo. Otherwise, health people infected with salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

But if you become seriously ill, you may need hospital care because the dehydration caused by the illness can be life-threatening.

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