Alabamian among those affected by salmonella outbreak from pre-cut melon

An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The last case to be reported was March 31, and the states containing affected patients are Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says because it is possible the fruit could still be on store shelves and in people's refrigerators, the recall extends to both retailers and customers.

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling products including pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe.

"The recent recall issued from Caito Foods indicating a potential for salmonella contamination with fresh cut fruit has stated the product was sold in Kroger stores in Kansas". "Additionally, Caito Foods, LLC has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products".

So far, 93 people have been sickened and 23 hospitalized, although there have been no reported deaths.

"Salmonella Carrau is a rare type of salmonella and has been historically seen in imported melon", the agency noted.

"We are continuing to aggressively investigate the source of the product in order to determine where the melons were sourced from and how they became contaminated", he said. Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product, instructs the FDA. Depending on where it was sold, the products were sold under various brands.

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