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Salmonella outbreak makes its way to Michigan, stores respond

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A recent salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe made its way to Michigan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that the Indiana-based food company Caito Foods recalled all products sold in clear plastic clamshell containers sold at places including Costco, Kroger, Walmart, and Whole Foods.

Chris Naismith from Sparrow Frandor FastCare says cleanliness in the kitchen is the most important way to avoid health issues, especially when it comes to outbreaks like this one.

The key word he says we should be thinking about here is cross contamination.That's how bacteria is most commonly spread between other foods.

“The outbreak that's going on right now, there's possibly cross contamination with the foods, whether it was those foods are processed in the same area whether it was some other salmonella contact, some sort of cross contamination,” said Naismith.

Out of the sixty people infected with salmonella, over half of them live in Michigan. Naismith says the symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fevers.

“Most of the time when people have salmonella, they're not truly diagnosed with salmonella. Many times people can get over the symptoms and get over the sickness by themselves,” said Naismith.

But Naismith says symptoms can become more severe.   

“Dehydration and severe infection from salmonella can land somebody in the hospital,” said Naismith. 

Walmart released a statement regarding the outbreak saying it quickly pulled the products from store shelves in six states as soon as they learned about it.

In a statement from Kroger, the retail company says, "Food safety is our highest priority and we are closely monitoring this situation while assisting the CDC and FDA in their investigation."

Naismith says in the meantime people should call their doctor if they have symptoms, even if they're not sure what it's related to.

“Just like with anything with your health it's good to know about the potentials out there,” said Naismith. “Anytime there's something going on that you don't know with your body it's always good to see a physician.”

Naismith says the most severe side effects are found in children under five and adults over sixty-five.

You can also get a refund if you bought pre-cut melon from any of the stores by calling customer service.

For a complete list of stores and information relating to this outbreak, we put some helpful links for you on Seen on 6.


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