Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana is recalling all of its cantaloupes from the 2012 growing season that may remain in the marketplace. Some of the cantaloupes may be contaminated with Salmonella. The cantaloupes may be associated with the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that is currently affecting people in 21 states.
“This recall should have happened as soon as there was any indication that cantaloupes grown by Chamberlain Farm Produce caused illness,” said attorney Fred Pritzker, who recently won $4.5 million for one of his clients who was sickened by contaminated food. Pritzker represents Salmonella food poisoning victims throughout the United States.
The FDA says that during the period of June 21, 2012 to August 16, 2012, Chamberlain Farm Product sold cantaloupes to four retail grocery stores with outlets in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, and Dubois County in Indiana, and Wabash County in Illinois. They also sold the fruit to wholesale purchasers in Owensboro, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri; Peru, Illinois; and Durant, Iowa. The farm has notified all of its purchasers to remove the cantaloupe from the marketplace.
According to the government, the FDA investigation is “ongoing and incomplete” at this time. Consumers should ask retailers where the cantaloupes they are purchasing came from. Stores should have this information on file. And to be safe, if you aren’t absolutely sure of the source of cantaloupes in your home, destroy them.