On Friday, July 27, reports have come in that dozens of people have gotten sick after consuming melons contaminated with Salmonella. The grocery stores who sold these are just in the United States.
As of July 26, there have been 77 confirmed cases of individuals who have the infection. Of those, 36 consumers have required medical attention and have been hospitalized.
“36 (64%) of 56 people interviewed reported eating pre-cut melon purchased from grocery stores, including cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with melon. Twelve other people reported eating melon, but did not specify whether it was pre-cut,” the CDC reported according to "Food Safety News."
Reports of ill people started from April 30 to July 2. The age range of consumers who are sick is 1 years to 97. Among those who got sick, 67 percent were females.
According to the federal health officials, retailers that have sold the pre-cut melons are from Caito Foods, including Kroger, Nash, Spartan, Sprouts, Trader Joes, Walmart, and Whole Foods.
“Information collected from stores where ill people shopped indicated that Caito Foods LLC supplied pre-cut melon to these stores," CDC continued.
“In the United States, nearly half of foodborne illnesses are caused by germs on fresh fruits and vegetables. CDC recommends that consumers, restaurants, and retailers always choose and handle fruits safely to help prevent foodborne illness,” according to CDC.
Be sure to check your refrigerators!
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