Kentuckians test positive for salmonella linked to pre-cut melons

Galtero Lara
Abril 16, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control says Salmonella is to blame for one million cases of food borne illnesses every year in the United States.

All cases were linked to the consumption of pre-cut cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon "packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers under several different brands or labels".

Eyewitness News previously reported that the recall affected Kansas stores but Dillons spokesperson Sheila Lowrie said Wichita area stores are not impacted by the recall. "Additionally, Caito Foods, LLC has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products".

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says the melons may be infected with SalmonellaCarrau, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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The affected states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

"We are continuing to aggressively investigate the source of the product in order to determine where the melons were sourced from and how they became contaminated", he said. No deaths have been reported.

"Salmonella Carrau is a rare type of salmonella and has been historically seen in imported melon", the agency noted.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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