Kroger, Walmart pull recalled fresh-cut melon products

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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.

Recalled products are sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at a number of different retailers. They were distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Packages of pre-cut fresh fruit have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC, FDA, and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections in five Midwestern states.

The salmonella outbreak in eight states has been linked to pre-cut melon sold at Walmart, Costco, Jay C, Payless, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Kroger stores.

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"The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states", the CDC wrote Friday. Overall, 60 people have been infected with the strain - six in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in OH - and 31 people have been hospitalized.

They are all linked to the the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, the CDC said.

If consumers find they purchased or received the products in question, they are advised to not eat the product and to throw the product away.

"The potential that these products are contaminated with salmonella was discovered through analyzing reports made by state departments of public health", Indianapolis-based Caito Foods said in a statement. The CDC says 31 of the people sickened have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported.

Anyone who bought pre-cut melon or any items containing pre-cut melon from any of the stores is being urged to throw the product away.

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