Precut cantaloupes linked to severe salmonella outbreak

The public is being warned not to consume precut cantaloupes, including those in fruit cups, if it’s not clear whether Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupes were used, U.S. health officials said Thursday after more than a hundred salmonella cases cropped up across the country.
Interviews with sick people and laboratory findings continue to show that cantaloupes are making people in this outbreak sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an alert Thursday. CDC is concerned about this outbreak because illnesses are severe with more than half hospitalized, and people in long-term care facilities and childcare centers have gotten sick.
There have been 117 salmonella cases in people across 34 U.S. states, according to the CDC. Two people have died, and at least 61 people have been hospitalized.
Earlier this month, Malichita and Rudy brand whole cantaloupes were recalled. That has since expanded to include precut cantaloupe products from Kwik Trip, Bix Produce, Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market and Trader Joe’s, according to the CDC.

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