Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states

The products were sold in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

About 60 people in five states, including five in IN, were sickened by the fruit, the health department said. If you are unsure of where you bought the pre-cut melon, the CDC says that it should be thrown away.

Health officials are linking a multi-state salmonella outbreak to pre-cut melons, including those in fruit salads.

The products were sold at stores including Walmart, Walgreens, Costco and Kroger and other.

Consumers who purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri or OH should not eat it and are advised to throw it away, the CDC recommends.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider". The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days.

The pre-cut melons have been removed from Walmart store shelves in IL.

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

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.

In a news release Friday, the CDC pinpointed pre-cut melon supplied by the Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, LLC, as the likely source. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result. Some cases require hospitalization and the illness can be fatal.

  • Sylvester Abbott