Image from Centers for Disease Control recall website.
About 60 people in five states, including five in IN, were sickened by the fruit, the health department said. The company has since issued a recall notice in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and OH - removing clear plastic containers of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed melons from the shelves.
The fruit was sold in clear, plastic containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
The recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and OH and sold in clear, plastic containers at stores including Costco Wholesale Corp, Kroger Co, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart Inc, and Whole Foods, a unit of Amazon.com Inc.
The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states, the agencies said.
The illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28.
The FDA reports the youngest infected is an infant and the oldest is 97 years old. No deaths have been reported and the agencies urged residents in the eight states to throw out any melon that may have been recalled.
Officials say people should throw away or return recalled products.
If the UPC code is still on the product, consumers can check the number on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website. Kroger's pre-cut melon and pre-cut fruit salads sold in Kroger stores in Georgia are sourced from a different supplier, according to Kroger's Atlanta division corporate affairs manager Felix Turner.
The food-borne bacteria sickens more than 1 million people annually in the United States, most commonly presenting as temporary fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days. In some people, however, the CDC said that diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to hospitalized as the salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
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