Cantaloupe grower denies any link to outbreak

10/04/2012 12:06:00 PM
Coral Beach

The packing shed, which does not have walls on two sides, had porous food contact surfaces including wood and carpeting on the pack line, Waters reported, making it virtually impossible for the surfaces to be sanitized.

Water lines carrying well water to the pack shed were leaking and covered with rust buildup.

“This water comes into direct contact with the cantaloupe,” according to the report.

The inspector reported no one was monitoring the effective levels of the chlorine sanitizer in the packing line water. Chamberlain could not provide any records regarding the water sanitizing process, according to the report.

Chamberlain said in August he began recalling his fruit Aug. 16, but officials characterized it as a “voluntary market withdrawl.” The FDA did not name Chamberlain Farms as the supplier until six days later. A list of wholesalers and retailers who received the fruit has still not been released. Chamberlain said the fruit did not have lot numbers for traceability.


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