The Food and Drug Administration has identified an Indiana farm tied to a recent salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe and says the operation has launched a formal recall of the melons.
Chamberlain Farms of Owensville could be one source of the multistate outbreak, the FDA said in a news release Wednesday evening.
The FDA is warning customers not to eat any melons from the farm.
According to the press release, Chamberlain Farms made the decision to recall its cantaloupe from the marketplace after being briefed by the FDA.
Records show the cantaloupe was initially shipped to seven states, including Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of 178 people infected in 21 states, two people have died and 62 have been hospitalized.
Chamberlain Farms was notified by the FDA on August 16th of a potential link to the salmonella. At that time, they did a voluntary market withdrawal, notified businesses they work with, and got cantaloupes back.
They say they immediately ceased production of the cantaloupes.
The FDA said the formal recall will aid that effort and boost awareness.
Salmonellosis causes diarrhea, fever and cramps. Most recover without treatment, but it can be deadly for some.
Click here for a link to the FDA news release.
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