You may want to reconsider purchasing that tub of fruit salad from the grocery store when packing your picnic basket this summer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported Thursday of a Salmonella Adelaide outbreak, and pre-sliced melons is said to be the culprit.
CDC issues salmonella warning for precut melon: https://t.co/QCh2VYnVJs https://t.co/pxW6thIdPD— AARP (@AARP) 1528914602.0
Alabama, California, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee, were just added to the 23 states where contaminated pre-cut melons were sold.
I bought precut watermelon for the first time possibly ever and found out today there is a salmonella outbreak in s… https://t.co/3G7JTNwITz— Jere (@Jere) 1528933124.0
The FDA provided a consolidated list of retailers that sold the contaminated fruit in those states and will is subject to being updated if necessary.
Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco and Whole Foods/Amazon, recalled all their pre-cut watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe from store shelves.
Hey y’all there’s a recall for precut melons right now after a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 60+ people so fa… https://t.co/aapEFo7WkO— mina🏳️🌈 (@mina🏳️🌈) 1528838409.0
The agency urges consumers to discard pre-cut watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe that were purchased from those stores.
@AARP What a waste of melon.— Dad (@Dad) 1528915376.0
Retailers were also warned not to sell products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service or SpartanNash Distribution.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 60 people were infected with the Salmonella Adelaide strain from 5 of the 23 states, and 31 people were hospitalized. There are currently no reports of patients dying.
The fact that pre-cut fruit is available for sale at all was amusing for this Twitter user.
All this talk about salmonella in precut melon... my questions is... why would you pay that much for precut fruit a… https://t.co/01GfvBBjxx— Mama Samgria (@Mama Samgria) 1528642763.0
Is this nature's way of telling us to be more environmentally responsible?
@mamasamgria Plus pre-cut fruit comes in plastic. Save your money, your health, and the planet! Fruit is its own packaging! 😋— Hannah Barrett (@Hannah Barrett) 1528646053.0
Uh, oh... another salmonella outbreak. So check those precut melons if you have any. And, c'mon people, just buy wh… https://t.co/oEoNKm2aCO— Ellen Sirull (@Ellen Sirull) 1528725385.0
Unfortunately, the pre-cut option benefits those who aren't able to cut the fruit themselves.
@haannahbeth @mamasamgria Precut food is useful for people like my aunt who can’t use her hands to cut or peel her… https://t.co/48e1fkEoEp— Justin McArthur (@Justin McArthur) 1528654025.0
Maybe there's something to this complaint resulting in the contamination.
@NYDailyNews Most worker doesn’t wash their hands unless they see dirt on them. Otherwise all is good. https://t.co/z7BPuwzhbb— Bill Wellington (@Bill Wellington) 1528772919.0
I will March to the farms myself if this salmonella outbreak for precut melons is true. I’ve been scared to eat ro… https://t.co/SOk8N3rigm— Sarah or Sunny idk (@Sarah or Sunny idk) 1528557093.0