SW Indiana cantaloupes connected to salmonella outbreak
A 14 News alert Friday night. Indiana State officials are telling all Hoosiers to throw away any cantaloupes purchased since July following an outbreak of salmonella in Kentucky that's killed two people.
Kentucky State Officials say two people have died and more than 50 are sick after eating cantaloupe tainted with salmonella and inspectors say the fruit came from southwest Indiana.
"You can see they're nice cantaloupes and they taste good. I haven't dropped over dead yet," said Owner of Mayse Farms Paul Mayse.
Ten days ago, Mayse says health inspectors took samples of cantaloupes from his store along St. Joseph Avenue.
Friday night, he says no news is good news.
"Since we haven't had any response from the health department, I'm sure our cantaloupes are fine," Mayse said.
But so far, the State Health department hasn't pin-pointed where the fruit carrying the strain is coming from.
Only saying somewhere in southwest Indiana.
"We are investigating points all along the distribution chain including farmers in southwestern Indiana, distributors, as well as retailers," said Amy Reel with the Indiana State Department of Health.
The vague warning has left some grocery store chains like Schnuck's to remove some cantaloupes from their shelves.
"At Schnucks, we proactively removed all cantaloupe that came from the suspected area. The cantaloupe that are on our shelf now were grown either in California or Illinois," said Schnucks spokesperson Paul Simon.
Health officials are urging anyone with cantaloupes bought after July seventh to throw them out.
Mayse says the cantaloupes in his store are fine, and are still for sale.
"There will be some people who are hypochondriacs and they'll probably be worried about it but no, it's not going to bother my sales I don't think. Probably help it," Mayse said.
Mayse says he wants the health department to release the source of the salmonella outbreak, if they know it.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that could hit 12 to 72 hours after infection.
If you think you're sick, you're urged to call your doctor right away
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