(For related information, see “Recalled Chamberlain cantaloupes did not have lot numbers”)

FDA finds salmonella on cantaloupe at Chamberlain FarmsFood and Drug Administration officials have found salmonella on cantaloupes at the growing operation of Chamberlain Farms.

The company first recalled cantaloupes Aug. 16 because of possible links to an outbreak that has killed two people and sickened 178.

The FDA reported Aug. 28 the DNA fingerprint of the salmonella found on cantaloupes at the Owensville, Ind., farm were identical to that of the salmonella strain that has infected people in at least 21 states.

Owner Tim Chamberlain said as of 2 p.m. CDT Aug. 28 he had not been notified of the test results. He referred additional questions to his attorney.

According to the FDA website, investigators were at Chamberlain Farms Aug. 14-16 to collect samples of whole cantaloupes and from surface areas. The update did not indicate whether test results from the surface area tests were available.