Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cantaloupe

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cantaloupe



An investigation is underway regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that is being linked to cantaloupe.

According to the (Centers for Disease Control) CDC website, investigation efforts indicate that cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak. As a result of the initial investigations by the state health departments in Indiana and Kentucky, a farm in southwestern Indiana has contacted its distributors, which reach outside Indiana into other states, and is withdrawing its cantaloupe from the marketplace.

A total of 141 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 20 states. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.

The CDC is working with public health officials in several states and FDA to investigate the foodborne illness outbreak.

Source: CDC

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B Boyce says:

Using a stock photo of loupes that on our farm would be headed to the hogs seems unwise. Feeds right into more potential negative press if this photo should be picked up by another news source. Why not a photo of beautiful clean fruit that represents what farms are really sending out around the country.Photo shown is the opposite of appealing.

David says:

Why won't anyone include the name of the farm? Shouldn't the concern be to protect consumers? We'd like to know which cantaloups to avoid. Also never mentioned is whether or not this was also an organic operation like the outbreak that killed 35 people last year.

Debbie says:

I agree about the photo. More specific information about the source of the cantaloupes that were suspect would have been helpful. It has been hard to sell ANY cantaloupe grown in Indiana since then, even though we assured customers that ours had not been recalled and had not made anyone sick.