Luckily, unlike the E. coli outbreak, whose source still has federal investigators scratching their heads, the salmonella outbreak can be traced back to precut melons prepared at a food facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. The reported cases were in IL (6), in (11), MI (32), Missouri (10) and OH (1).
Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states.
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged residents of eight USA states to check for recalled pre-cut melon that is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella.
The FDA said it's working with the CDC to determine if the recalled products went to additional stores or states. The cut fruit was packaged in clear-plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.
Kroger reported that it has withdrawn store-brand precut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes sold at Kroger, Jay C, Owen's and Pay Less stores in IN and MI due to possible salmonella contamination.
In a tweet posted on Sunday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urged consumers in the eight affected states to check the "fridge and freezer for recalled pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella outbreak".
"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away".
Along with these stores, in other states, retailers include Jay C., Kroger, Payless and Owen's.
-Number of people sickened and hospitalized: The CDC reports 60 people infected, 31 of which have been hospitalized, 51.7 percent. "Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".