Bad melons to blame for Salmonella outbreak

Many states affected

July 21, 2018 - 6:46 pm

 The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local partners, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide illnesses that may be linked to cut melons.

The CDC reports that fruit salad mixes that include pre-cut melons are a likely source of the outbreak, and advises people not to eat the recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons.

The melon products have been distrubuted to many states, Kansas among them. The clear, plastic clamshell containers are under many different brands and labels and are distributed at Costco, Kroger, Walgreens, Walmart, and Wholefoods/Amazon, among other stores.

The most recent information from June 19th says there have been 70 people affected in seven states with 34 hospitalizations, but that no deaths have been reported.

The FDA is currently working with state partners to trace back the pre-cut melons to identify the source of the pathogen.


States affected by outbreak include Kansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Stores affected include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon.

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