Salmonella outbreak in Illinois, Missouri, other states linked to pre-cut melons

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According to Food Safety News, there are 32 cases reported in MI, 11 in IN, 10 in Missouri, six in IL and one in Ohio. "If you bought pre-cut melon from Walmart, IDPH says you should throw it out right away". Initial reports were limited to Walmart, but the recall listing shows the fruit was also sold to Kroger, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Whole Foods as well.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall.

Consumers who purchased pre-cut melon from these stores should not eat the products and should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Walmart and Kroger removed all pre-cut melon from the states where cases occurred.

The recall applies only to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately.

Meanwhile, in a separate scare not connected to the Caito Foods facility, the CDC said that a salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens made 124 people in 36 states sick.

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Additionally, the agency said MI consumers who bought pre-cut melon at a Kroger store should also throw out the product.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores.

According to the CDC, Salmonella infections most often cause mild to severe gastroenteritis and severe invasive infections, both which are potentially life-threatening.

Most people reporting illness said they bought pre-cut melon from Walmart or Kroger stores. Most people recover without treatment, but severe cases can lead to hospitalization.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritisor Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.