Centers for Disease Control investigators said they have identified 93 illnesses from a certain strain of salmonella and say they could be linked to the fresh-cut melon products.
"Caito Foods LLC has recalled products that contain pre-cut melons to prevent further distribution of potentially contaminated products".
The FDA says if you bought the product from one of those stores and it has a best used date of April 19th or earlier, you should throw it out. The fruit has been sold under various brands or labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods.
Caito Foods has recalled pre-cut melons over possible salmonella contamination tied to 93 illnesses. Of those who became ill, 23 people had to be hospitalized, officials said.
No illnesses linked to the fruit had been reported in Pennsylvania at that time.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
A full list of recalled products can be found to the right of this article. Most people recover on their own.
Information collected from stores where ill people shopped indicates that Caito Foods LLC supplied pre-cut melon to these stores.
People younger than 5 and older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to the illness. Caito Foods did not immediately reply to calls requesting a statement.
The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Consumers are advised not the consume the product and to promptly dispose of any remaining product.