Wichita area Dillons stores not included in recall of pre-cut melon

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/AP) An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC.

Eyewitness News previously reported that the recall affected Kansas stores but Dillons spokesperson Sheila Lowrie said Wichita area stores are not impacted by the recall.

"The recent recall issued from Caito Foods indicating a potential for salmonella contamination with fresh cut fruit has stated the product was sold in Kroger stores in Kansas. This is not accurate," Sheila Lowrie said in a statement. "Dillon Stores does not source cut fruit from this company and it has not been distributed in our stores."

The affected states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Health officials advise consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods, and, if so, not to eat it. They advise stores to pull the products from shelves.

Authorities say 93 people have been sickened, 23 of whom were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Salmonella Carrau is described as rare. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.