July 17, 2024

Authorities Offer Advice on Cantaloupe During Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies, including some university extension services, are issuing guides for consumers about cantaloupe and the recent Salmonella outbreak. The outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium announced this past week has many consumers uneasy about buying and eating melons. Because the government has not said which facilities bought the cantaloupe for resale, the CDC is telling consumers to check with their retailer if the cantaloupe came from Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. Supermarkets must tell you the origin of a product if you ask. Fred Pritzker, national food safety attorney, says, "I wonder when we are going to see a retail distribution list for this Salmonella outbreak?" While stickers to identify the source are often added to … [Read more...]

Wal-Mart Cantaloupe Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Two Children Who Contracted Salmonella Infections

Yesterday a lawsuit was filed against Wal-Mart on behalf of two children who are part of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to cantaloupe grown by Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana. According to the complaint, the two children got sick within days of eating cantaloupe purchased at Wal-Mart. One child was hospitalized for 4 days. "The victims of this outbreak deserve compensation for their illnesses," said Fred Pritzker, national Salmonella lawyer.  Pritzker, who recently won $4.5 million for a food poisoning victim, urges victims and families to contact an attorney as soon as possible. "Filing a lawsuit in these cases sends a clear message to growers, distributors and retailers that food sold to consumers should be safe to eat. Parents should not have to worry that food … [Read more...]

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