Have Pre-Cut Melon In Your Fridge? If So, Experts Are Suggesting You Throw It Out Immediately

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It seems like every day as of late, we’re hearing about a new bacteria outbreak or food contamination. And although we like to think of fruit as being pretty safe, this recent widespread outbreak seems to prove otherwise. The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) is warning Americans about a multi-state outbreak of salmonella related to pre-cut melon.

According to the official report released by the CDC, 77 people from nine different states reported falling ill after eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with melon purchased from grocery stores. Of these 77 people, 36 were hospitalized. Evidence suggests that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana was likely the source of the outbreak. The states affected by the outbreak are Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Although the CDC reports that the outbreak seems to be under control as of July 26th, they are urging anyone who has bought pre-cut melon in recent months to thoroughly wash and sanitize their refrigerator drawers and shelves. Because this outbreak is so recent, it probably wouldn’t hurt to avoid pre-cut melon for the next short while, just to be extra safe.

The CDC also explains that almost half of all foodborne illnesses are the result of germs on fresh fruits and vegetables. They advise consumers, restaurants, and retailers to always choose and handle fruits safely in order to help prevent foodborne illnesses.

We’re not saying that you should never eat pre-cut melon again. However, it’s important to stay up to date on recalls and contamination issues in order to keep you and your family happy and healthy.