The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked a multi-state outbreak of salmonella to pre-cut melon.
According to the CDC, evidence indicates that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana is a likely source of the outbreak. Most of the people who have fallen ill reported eating pre-cut melon bought from grocery stores. To date, 60 people have fallen ill. There have been 31 hospitalisations but no deaths.
Fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe have been recalled in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Travellers are warned not to eat recalled products; they should check their fridge or freezer for them and either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. The CDC also said that if travellers cannot remember where they bought pre-cut melon they should throw it away.
It said it will provide updates when more information is available.