The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, reports 270 people in 26 states have been sickened by two strains of salmonella that are “indistinguishable” from the salmonella at the farm. The illnesses began July 6.
Also, the Kentucky Department of Health confirmed the match of one strain in August on Chamberlain Farm Produce cantaloupe collected at retail. The CDC later matched two strains on Chamberlain Farm cantaloupes and watermelons at the Owensville, Ind., farm to the outbreak strains.
The Food and Drug Administration released a report Oct. 3 on findings Aug. 14-31 at the farm. It details a variety of “poor sanitary conditions.”
CDC calls Chamberlain cantaloupe outbreak over; state issues ‘alarming findings’
By Coral Beach, Staff Writer
The salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms Produce Inc. that killed three in Kentucky and sickened people in more than 20 states “appears to be over,” federal officials say.
In its final update on the outbreak that lasted from July 6 to Sept. 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reduced the number of victims from 270 to 261. Ninety-four were hospitalized. The Oct. 5 update reduced the number of states involved from 26 to 24.
However, as of Oct. 10, FDA’s investigation into the growing and packing operation owned by Tim Chamberlain continued, with officials considering whether to take any disciplinary action in the case, FDA spokeswoman Pat El-Hinnawy said.
She said FDA’s last inspection of the farm was Sept. 21, but a report hasn’t been completed. FDA has not taken regulatory action against Chamberlain or the farm in Owensville, Ind.
Indiana officials completed their own investigation at the farm, with a 42-page report mentioning “several alarming findings.” Many of the Indiana Health Department findings mirrored those included in a preliminary FDA report.