60 people have gotten sick after eating salmonella-contaminated melon. Here's why a food-poisoning expert says he refuses to eat all fresh-cut fruit.

Business Insider | Jun 12, 2018, 07.08PM IST


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Pre-cut melon has been linked to a salmonella outbreak.

  • More than 60 people have been sickened, including at least 30 who have been hospitalized, in a salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated fresh-cut melon.
  • After more than two decades as a foodborne-illness attorney, food-poisoning expert Bill Marler says there are some items he never buys - and that includes fresh-cut fruit.
  • Here are eight foods Marler won't eat, from uncooked eggs to bagged lettuce.

Another food poisoning outbreak is sweeping the United States.

On Sunday, the Food and Drug Administration announced it was investigating a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 60 people in eight states. More than 30 people have been hospitalized due to illness.

The culprit behind the sicknesses is contaminated melon. On Friday, Caito Foods LLC recalled fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe that had been distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Retailers selling the contaminated melons include Costco, Walmart, and Whole Foods.

As an attorney with a focus on food-poisoning cases, Bill Marler has been avoiding cut fruit for some time. Marler has won more than $600 million for clients in foodborne-illness cases, and in the process, he's become convinced that some foods aren't worth the risk.

In an article by Health Insider from BottomLine and in conversations with Business Insider, Marler has identified certain foods that he avoids - and that others should be wary of as well.

Here are the foods that this expert says scare him the most:

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