- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five states, with 31 hospitalizations.

Health investigators determined Caito Foods, LLC as the source of the infection and a recall of its products was issued last week.

The recall applies to fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products packaged in the company’s facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to a recall notice published by the Food and Drug Administration, “The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.”

The products were distributed between April 17 and June 7 but “best by” dates go as far as June 16.

A salmonella infection can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps for between 12 and 72 hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness can last between four and seven days and most persons can recover without treatment. However, vulnerable populations — small children, the elderly and immunosuppressed individuals — are at greater risk for complications.

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