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Cantaloupe controversy hurting even those not discussed as salmonella sources

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Baker says he feels bad for Chamberlain Farms because he believes this could happen anywhere. Baker says he feels bad for Chamberlain Farms because he believes this could happen anywhere.

The FDA recently pinpointed Chamberlain Farms in Owensville as possible source of a salmonella outbreak carried by their cantaloupes. Saturday night, one local vendor says public fear has lead to a drop in his sales.

JD Baker owns a fruit and vegetable stand in Evansville. He has posted signs around his stand telling customers that the cantaloupe he is selling is clean and safe for consumption.

But he says public fear has kept the fruit piled up at his stand.

Baker says he feels bad for Chamberlain Farms because he believes this could happen anywhere.

"Farmers have been doing it for decades now," Baker said. "You know what I mean? It's not something that would normally happen. A lot of it is due to the drought (since) it didn't get to wash the fertilizer away. And I don't have any fear of selling them. These are pre-washed, they're perfectly fine, and I wouldn't have them on my table, if I thought they would hurt somebody."

Baker says this is the first time he has seen a salmonella outbreak in his 15-year career.

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