Cut melon linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis in the United States

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall regarding melon products sold in 16 US states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that the recall included cut watermelons, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. The fruits were sold under different brands or labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods.

States concerned are Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia West and Wisconsin.

Health officials advise consumers to check packages to determine if the melon has been distributed by Caito Foods and, if so, not to eat it. They advise stores to remove products from shelves.

According to the authorities, 93 people were sick, 23 of whom were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Salmonella Carrau is described as rare. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

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