The FDA advises avoiding fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and any packaged product containing those melons for those located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia or Wisconsin.More news: Elon Musk buys $25m in Tesla stock after job cuts news
The Food and Drug Administration says the potentially tainted fruit was sold by at least ten grocery retail chains, including some well-known names in Michigan: Family Fare, D&W, Costco, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
Thirty-one people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, the CDC said, and no deaths have been reported. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Most people recover in four to seven days. Those illnesses were reported in five Midwestern states where the outbreak was initially announced. If you have some in your home, you are urged to throw it away. In addition, the agency has advised retailers not to serve or sell precut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service or SpartanNash Distribution.More news: Apple is going to ruin cops’ favorite tool for breaking into iPhones
Consumers who do not remember what store their pre-cut melon was purchased from should also discard it.
The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the US every year, with food being the source for about 1 million of these cases. In rare cases, an infection can lead to death unless a patient receives prompt treatment with antibiotics.More news: 'Our hearts break': law enforcement react after 2 Wyandotte County deputies shot