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31 People Hospitalized After Eating Melon Contaminated With Salmonella

A recall of pre-cut melon was issued after dozens of people in multiple states were sickened with salmonella.

There were 60 cases of salmonella infections in five states, leading to a recall in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. So far no deaths have been reported, though 31 people were hospitalized. Most said they bought the melon in Walmart and Kroger stores.

The melon was sold in Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon, and came in clear, plastic clamshell containers, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The melon includes fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medleys containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis. However, the CDC is advising that stores not sell any pre-cut melon distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service, and SpartanNash Distribution.

Anyone with recalled melon should return it to the place of purchase or throw it away immediately.