Backyard BBQs and summer picnics are in full swing, but you’ll want to think twice about scooping that pre-cut watermelon onto your plate. A new salmonella warning is out thanks to a fresh cut melon recall.

Pre-cut fruits and vegetables definitely make entertaining much easier, but there is a risk that comes with forgoing the washing and cutting at home. The Centers for Disease Control has just issued a warning over pre-cut melons linked to a Salmonella outbreak in multiple states across the country. The distributor has issued a voluntary recall of the fruits affected, which include watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew.

All of the fruits were sold pre-cut in clear plastic containers, either individually or as a fruit medley. The retailers affected include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods and Amazon in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

You can check the FDA’s full list of products included in the recall here. If you’re unsure if the melon you have already purchased is part of the recall you should avoid eating and throw it away to be safe. Salmonella can be especially dangerous to pregnant women and children.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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