Editor's note: This story was updated June 15 and June 19, 2018 with additional states and reported illnesses involved in the recall.
June 11, 2018 -- Packages of precut melon -- including watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, along with fruit salads that contain those melons -- are being recalled from major retailers in 23 states.
The melon may be tainted with a dangerous strain of salmonella bacteria.
The plastic clamshell packages of melon, which carry generic labels, were sold at Costco, JayC, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
They were distributed by Caito Foods. The list of states involved includes: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The packages have “Use By” dates ranging from April 27, 2018, to June 16, 2018. For a full list of affected products, click here.
So far, 70 people have fallen ill with salmonella infections. About two-thirds of them have been hospitalized. The illnesses happened between April 30 and June 3. The FDA and CDC are investigating the cause of the contamination.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Infections usually last 4 to 7 days, and people typically recover without treatment. Sometimes, people get severe diarrhea that requires a hospital stay to prevent dehydration. Severe infections may require IV fluids for hydration and antibiotics. People with weaker immune systems like children, older adults, and those with medical conditions that affect the immune system are at greatest risk for infection.
If you have any of this melon at home, don’t eat it. Either throw it away or return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund.