More than 30 people have been hospitalized as a result of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella traced to pre-cut melons and fruit mix containing melons sold in plastic clam shells. Indiana, Michigan and Missouri have been hit hardest, but the tainted product has also been sold in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina. Some of the stores carrying the melons are Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Trader Joes and Whole Foods.. The CDC said that retailers should not sell or serve product distributed by SpartanNash Distribution, Caito Foods Distribution and Gordon Food Service. If you’re in doubt about the melon in your fridge, throw it out. Instead, go for whole melons, but remember to wash them well before cutting.
Maybe we should just go back to slicing off big slabs of melon, eating it outside and letting the juice run down our arms. Then, we can just spray everything with the hose. Not quite as handy as a plastic container full of already cut fruit, but more fun. Of course, there would be flies--Oh, well.