The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning people not to eat pre-cut melons from Walmart after the food was linked to more than 60 cases of salmonella in several states.
The pre-cut melons, which include fruit salads, are likely linked to six cases in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. Illinois cases range from age 23 to 87, and there are reports from all regions of the state.
“The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased from any Walmart store in Illinois, or any of the other affected states, at this time,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out. If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.”
Illinois Walmart stores are removing pre-cut melons linked to this outbreak.