1. Chamberlain cantaloupe outbreak - The Packer

1. Chamberlain cantaloupe outbreak

12/28/2012 12:48:00 PM
Fred Wilkinson

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to investigate the outbreak. Both agencies have stated that there could be additional sources for the salmonella, but none had been announced as of Aug. 30.

Sept. 17
Officials detect salmonella on watermelons
By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

FDA reports Salmonella Newport 0807 has been found on cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms, and that 30 people in seven states have been sickened by it.

The watermelons at Chamberlain Farms tested positive for Salmonella Newport 0149, and although there are illnesses reported, none had been linked to the watermelons as of Sept. 13.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated information Sept. 13 about Chamberlain cantaloupes linked a separate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. The CDC said that outbreak includes 240 illnesses in 25 states, including three deaths.

Sept. 24
Second salmonella strain found
By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

Chamberlain Farms cantaloupes have been linked to a second salmonella strain — Salmonella Newport this time — found by federal officials, who report 30 people in seven states are sick from it.

State and federal officials previously linked cantaloupes from the farm to a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak responsible for 240 illnesses in 25 states, including three deaths in Kentucky, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The farm recalled all of its cantaloupes in August.

The news of the second strain in cantaloupes — Salmonella Newport 0807 — came six days after Chamberlain recalled all of its watermelons because Indiana public health officials found Salmonella Newport 0149 on fruit still in the field. In its most recent update on the watermelon investigation, the CDC reported a cluster of 25 people across eight states who were sick from Salmonella Newport 0149 that “is indistinguishable” from the pathogen found on the Chamberlain watermelon.

Oct. 8
Cantaloupe grower denies any link to outbreak
By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

Inspectors found “poor sanitary conditions” at his packing shed — and three types of salmonella on cantaloupes and equipment — but the owner of Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. contends there isn’t any link between his fruit and an outbreak that has killed three.

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