"Because it is possible that products shipped between April 17th and June 7th, 2018, could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers", stated the Caito Foods' spokesman.
If consumers find they purchased or received the products in question, they are advised to not eat the product and to throw the product away. An investigation is underway to determine if additional stores or states were affected. Sixty cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.
"The pre-cut melon and melon in pre-cut fruit salads sold in Kroger's Georgia stores are sourced from a different supplier", says Felix Turner, corporate affairs manager for Kroger's Atlanta Division told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The melon may be tainted with a unsafe strain of salmonella bacteria.
Salmonellosis is a foodborne illness caused by a bacterium named salmonella.
Caito Foods has seized production and distribution of the melons.
Of the 60 cases reported to date, 32 were reported in MI. "Ill people reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix with melon". During the 2012 to 2013 season, there were 171 reported deaths, while an average flu season sees about 110. The Indiana health department said symptoms include diarrhea and stomach cramps and typically appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection.
The advice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.
Costco in Wilmington does not carry any fresh-cut melon products and is not impacted by the recall, according to a manager reached by phone on Saturday morning. The elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.