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Georgia among several states affected by salmonella outbreak tied to melons

At least 60 people have been sickened with salmonella across several states, including Georgia, because of fresh-cut melon products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a news release

Caito Foods LLC recalled its fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medley products produced in its Indianapolis facility on Friday, the release said.

 

No deaths have been reported, but 31 people have been hospitalized, the release said.

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The recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio, the release said.

The products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon among other places, according to the release from the Atlanta-based CDC. 

The CDC release also mentioned Kroger as being affected by the recall, but a Kroger  spokesman sent a statement to Channel 2 Action News that said Kroger stores in Georgia are not affected.

“The pre-cut melon and melon in pre-cut fruit salads sold in Kroger’s Georgia stores are sourced from a different supplier,” says Felix Turner, corporate affairs manager for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “However, if a Kroger customer has any concerns about pre-cut melon and/or pre-made fruit salads purchased at a Kroger store, they may return it to the store for a full refund.”

The CDC advised throwing away any fresh-cut melon products from Caito Foods, from these retailers or if you can’t remember where it was purchased.

An investigation is being conducted to see if these products went to additional stores or states.

In other news:

Newton County officials are now trying to figure out where the bacteria came from.

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