Walmart pre-cut melons linked to multi-state Salmonella outbreak

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Sixty cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

To date, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI.

Fruit salad containing melon purchased at Walmart, Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in the affected states.

The US Food and Drug Administration, which is investigating the outbreak alongside the CDC, is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped.

Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have issued a warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon.

Walmart settled lawsuits in 2014 with the families of some of the 33 people who died of listeria infections traced to cantaloupes from Colorado that the retailer sold.

Salmonella can develop 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and usually lasts four to seven days.

Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest.

The CDC says Walmart has already removed linked pre-cut melons from shelves. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

The melon products have been recalled, but authorities advise consumers not to eat pre-cut melon products produced at Caito Foods and packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

Whole melons are still safe to eat, according to the CDC.

"This investigation is moving rapidly". The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen.

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