Industry reacts to Chamberlain watermelon recall

09/13/2012 04:47:00 PM
Coral Beach

Reel said Indiana officials collected watermelon samples “well after” the initial Aug. 14-16 cantaloupe investigation at the farm. The volume of watermelons distributed by Chamberlain is unknown, Reel said.

“But I know it was much less than the number of cantaloupes distributed,” Reel said.

Reel stressed that the situation with Chamberlain’s watermelon is separate from the recall of cantaloupes from the farm. The cantaloupes have been linked to a 25-state outbreak that has sickened 240 people, including three deaths in Kentucky.

Reel said Indiana officials are working with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on investigations of Chamberlain’s watermelons and cantaloupes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 2,000 kinds of salmonella that can cause disease in humans. Of those varieties, three — Newport, Typhimurium and Enteritidis — account for about half of the confirmed salmonella illnesses reported by the public health laboratories.

Salmonella Newport has “increased markedly since 1995 and is now the third-most frequent serotype,” according to the CDC website.


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