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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Strikes 21 States, Including Missouri and Illinois [Updated]

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Chamberlin Farm Produce of Owensville, Indiana, has announced a voluntary recall of all of the cantaloupes from this year's growing season after being linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that has sickened at least 178 people across twenty-one states.

The Chamberlin Farms press release announcing the recall, as posted on the FDA website, includes a St. Louis connection (emphasis added):

During the period June 21, 2012 to August 16, 2012, Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc., marketed cantaloupes to four retail grocery stores with grocery store retail outlets in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, and Dubois County, Indiana, and Wabash County, Illinois; and also to four wholesale purchasers located in Owensboro, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri, Peru, Illinois, and Durant, Iowa, respectively. As a part of the voluntary market withdrawal, Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. notified all of the purchasers of its cantaloupes to take immediate action to remove all Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. cantaloupes from the marketplace, and all of the purchasers confirmed compliance with that request.

Page through for responses from local supermarkets.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been twelve reported cases of salmonella in Missouri and twenty-one in Illinois. The CDC also reports two fatalities, both in Kentucky, which leads all states in reported cases with 56.

The CDC recommends throwing out any cantaloupe the source of which consumers can't determine.

Gut Check has reached out to several of the local supermarket chains to learn if any of them have had to pull cantaloupes from the shelf due to the recall. More as we learn it.

Update: (Thursday, August 23, 12:35 p.m.) Dierberg's tells us that the cantaloupes it sells are from California and thus not subject to the recall.

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