Owensville, Indiana – An outbreak of salmonella traced to cantaloupe (less than a year after a previous deadly cantaloupe salmonella outbreak) has been linked to a specific farm in southwestern Indiana, the FDA says in a news release.
So far, at least two people have died and dozens have been sickened after eating cantaloupe the agency says originated from Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana. The FDA has been able to confirm that cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms was shipped to Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin, but the agency admits that “further shipment was likely” of the tainted cantaloupe.
According to the FDA, the distributor of the salmonella tainted cantaloupe agreed to withdraw the product from the market after talking with the agency. In a press release, the FDA says:
“After officials from the FDA and the state of Indiana briefed Chamberlain Farms on the current status of the investigation, Chamberlain Farms made the decision to recall its cantaloupe from the market place… Earlier Chamberlain Farms had agreed to withdraw the cantaloupe from the market, and to cease distributing cantaloupes for the rest of the growing season.”
“However, the decision to formally recall the product will facilitate removal of the product from the market and ensure the widest possible awareness of this action.”
The FDA says that the investigation into the deadly salmonella outbreak is continuing, and that further sources of tainted cantaloupe are being explored by the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) network and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.