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93-case Salmonella outbreak brings recall of many melon products

93-case Salmonella outbreak brings recall of many melon products

"Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product", the FDA said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration made the announcement Friday.

Health officials advise consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods, and, if so, not to eat it. The items were sold at Kroger (Renaissance Food Group, Boar's Head Private Label), Target (Garden Highway Label), Trader Joes (Trader Joes label), Walmart (Freshness Guaranteed) and online Amazon through the Whole Foods Market label.

The U.S. Food & Drug administration has issued a warning about contaminated precut fruit that has been been linked to salmonella illness in 93 people, requiring 23 of them to seek hospitalization.

A full list of recalled products can be found to the right of this article. Most people recover on their own.

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Caito Foods temporarily suspended production and distribution as both the company and the FDA investigate the possible contamination. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

You usually get salmonella by eating contaminated food.

Nine states have reported cases of Salmonella linked to the company's melon products, including three in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.