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FDA warns consumers in 10 more states not to eat cut melon due to salmonella
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added 10 more states to the list of those affected by a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons in its latest update on Thursday. The investigation so far, which was conducted together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has determined that Alabama, California, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee might have also received the potentially contaminated product. This brings the total of states affected by the outbreak to 23. Federal officials first issued a public warning to consumers and retailers about a multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons being sold in major grocery store chains on June 8. Consumers were warned to throw away cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe as well as fruit salads containing these melons purchased in clear, plastic clamshell containers from any Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, or Whole Foods/Amazon store in any of the affected states at this time.