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Ohio woman part of salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Ohio has been added to the list of five Midwest states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where it is recalling pre-cut melon and pre-made fruit salads with melon because of potential salmonella bacteria contamination.

No deaths have been reported, the CDC announced in a news release Friday afternoon, but 32 people have been sickened in Michigan and one in Ohio as part of the outbreak that has also stretched into Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. 

Ohio’s case of salmonella infection linked to pre-cut melon is a 73-year-old Hancock County woman. Her illness onset was in May and she was hospitalized, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The Hancock County Health Department is investigating.

Packages of cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit were recalled in eight states when a salmonella outbreak sickened 60 people in May 2018. (Kelsey McClellan/The New York Times)
Photo: Staff Writer

Caito Foods produced the fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products at its facility in Indianapolis, Ind., according to the CDC.

The recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states. Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

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