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Check before eating pre-cut melon.

Kentucky and Indiana are part of a melon recall prompted by a multi-state outbreak of salmonella-related infections.

Caito Foods is recalling fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe produced in Indianapolis, the company announced in a news release. Caito also is recalling fresh-cut fruit medley products containing those types of melons.

The recall is related to an investigation into at least 60 cases of people being sickened by Salmonella Adelaide between April 30 and May 28 in a handful of states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Epidemiologic and preliminary traceback evidence indicates that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana is a likely source of this multistate outbreak,” the CDC notes on its website.

No deaths have been reported, but 31 people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.

Tainted melon is thought to be responsible for about 60 cases of salmonella infection in a handful of states. Source: CDC

The melon was distributed in Kentucky and Indiana as well as Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Stores that carry Caito Foods products include Kroger, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Walgreens and Whole Foods, among others.

The melon, usually packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers, was shipped between April 17 and June 7 and may still be on store shelves or in consumers’ homes. Caito Foods has stopped producing and distributing the products while the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigate.

Sickness usually develops within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to salmonella and can last four to seven days, with most people recovering without treatment, according to the CDC. In rare cases, it can lead to death.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The most vulnerable people are children younger than age 4, adults older than 65 and people who have weakened immune systems, according to the CDC. Those affected by the latest outbreak range from ages 1 to 97, and most of them have been female.

Safety tips:

  • Check the product list here.
  • Don’t eat recalled products.
  • Scan your fridge and freezer for these products, and throw them away or return them to the store.
  • If you can’t remember where you bought the pre-cut melon, throw it away.
  • Retailers shouldn’t sell or serve recalled melon distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service or SpartanNash Distribution.

Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.


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