Kroger, Walmart pull recalled fresh-cut melon products

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The melon warning comes days after the apparent end of an E. coli bacteria outbreak that killed one person, sent 75 to hospitals, and caused a nationwide warning against eating romaine lettuce. The multi-state outbreak has already hit at least 60 people, with over half of those individuals requiring hospitalization for their symptoms.

As reported by The New York Times, packages of fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe are now being recalled in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced the outbreak to a Caito Foods facility in Indiana. In Georgia, these include Costco, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods.

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The company is looking into whether products were sent to any additional stores or states.

The recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and OH and sold in clear, plastic containers at stores including Costco Wholesale Corp, Kroger Co, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart Inc, and Whole Foods, a unit of Amazon.com Inc. The melon was also sold in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

The CDC urges consumers not to eat recalled products, to check the fridge and freezer for the recalled melons and to throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.

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"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away". The CDC notes that a preliminary investigation has centered on Caito Foods LLC, which is the distributor of the melons that have been confirmed as contaminated. "On June 7, 2018, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores from the affected states".

Caito Foods has seized production and distribution of the melons.

No deaths have been reported thus far.

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