February 25, 2020

Food Poisoning Outbreaks Spawn Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Group

After back-to-back seasons of food poisoning outbreaks linked to tainted cantaloupes, growers in the eastern part of the country have formed a new association designed to improve food safety of melons and boost consumer confidence. Cantaloupe is grown differently in the east than it is in west, where the melons are grown in desert conditions. California cantaloupe growers, who pride themselves on never having been associated with an outbreak, have had their own association dedicated to best growing practices for a umber of years. Members of the newly formed Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association must adhere to the growing and handling standards outlined in the document Commodity-Specific Guidelines for Cantaloupes and Netted Melons. They must also agree to submit to unannounced audits … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Wasn’t Our Fault Says Chamberlain Farms

A cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak that last summer caused 261 illnesses in 24 states and killed three people was linked months ago by federal authorities to Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Ind. Now, the farm’s owners are saying: it’s not our fault. Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made public a warning letter that it sent to Chamberlain Farms, outlining the problems discovered during a post-outbreak inspection of the farm, making recommendations to address the problems and giving a deadline for response. The agency sends warning letters in situations where problems discovered don’t have quick fixes. The warning letter to Chamberlain Farms re-stated previously published information: that environmental swabs taken from various locations in melon fields yielded … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012: #2

A Salmonella outbreak linked cantaloupe produced on an Indiana farm was second largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2012, based on the total number of people sickened. With three fatalities, it was also one of the deadliest. The outbreak, which was announced in August, sickened 261 people in 24 states and put 94 people in the hospital- the most hospitalizations of any outbreak during 2012. Two strains of Salmonella were involved in the outbreak. A total of 228 people were sickened by Salmonella Typhimurium, and 33 were sickened by Salmonella Newport. The three deaths were in Kentucky. Public health investigators traced the origin of the outbreak to Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. in Owensville, Indiana. A recall of the melons was announced on August 22. Environmental swabs … [Read more...]

Keep Cantaloupe in the Fridge

In the summers of 2011 and 2012, the United States was hit by two deadly food poisoning outbreaks caused by cantaloupe. Bacteria on that product are especially insidious, since they can cling to the webbing on the surface of the fruit. Washing does not remove all of the bacteria. So a study published in the Journal of Food Protection has found that it is crucial that cantaloupe always been refrigerated. The researchers looked at the behavior of Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria responsible for the 2011 Jensen Farms cantaloupe outbreak that sickened 147 people in 28 states. At least 33 people died in this outbreak, which was caused by five subtypes of the bacteria. In the study, whole cantaloupes were inoculated with L. monocytogenes for 10 minutes, then air dried and treated three … [Read more...]

Final Update of Salmonella Infections Linked to Chamberlain Farms Cantaloupe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its final update on the Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana. The outbreak appears to be over. A total of 261 people were infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Typhimurium (228 people), and Salmonella Newport (33 people) in 24 states. The case count per state is as follows: Alabama (25), Arkansas (6), Florida (1), Georgia (13), Illinois (36), Indiana (30), Iowa (9), Kentucky (66), Maryland (1), Michigan (8), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (7), Missouri (17), Montana (1), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (5), Ohio (5), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (4), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (9). … [Read more...]

Deja Vu, FDA Finds Food Safety Violations At Cantaloupe Farm

Two deadly foodborne illness outbreaks one year apart were both were caused by cantaloupe and similar food safety violations, according to inspection reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Poor sanitation in the packing shed, equipment that was difficult to clean, buildup of dirt and grime on food contact surfaces and pooling water on the floor of the packing shed were all cited in FDA inspection reports of Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado last year and Chamberlain Farms in Owensville, Indiana, this year. The cantaloupe Listeria outbreak of 2011 linked to Jensen Farms sickened 147 people and killed 33.  The cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak linked to Chamberlain Farms, has sickened 270 people, hospitalized 101 and killed three, according to the latest information from the … [Read more...]

Kroger Recalls Cantaloupe Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Kroger is recalling 9 count boxes of cantaloupe for possible Salmonella contamination. The fruit was sold at Kroger stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Eastern Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana (except Evansville), Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana.  It was also sold in the greater Cincinnati area, including northern Kentucky; Dayton Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee, and southeastern Indiana. Other stores where the fruit was sold include Jay C, Dillons, Baker's, Gerbes, Fry's, Food4Less, FoodsCo and Smith's. There was no word on whether this recall is linked to the fruit grown at Chamberlain Farms in Indiana that is associated with a nationwide Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Newport outbreak, or if the fruit is part of the California-grown DFI  melon recall. The recall … [Read more...]

Cut Fruit Express Recalls Products Made with Recalled Cantaloupe

Cut Fruit Express, Inc. of Minnesota is recalling packaged fruit products containing cantaloupes because they contain California-grown fruit recalled by DFI Marketing. The cantaloupes may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported specific to the Cut Fruit Express Products to date. There is a link leading to the list of recalled products on the FDA site, but it will not open. For now, do not eat any products from Cut Fruit Express you purchased that contains cantaloupe. We'll update this news when the FDA corrects the link on their site. UPDATE: The FDA has fixed the link. You can see a list of all of the recalled products on a PDF. Look at this long list carefully, and discard any of the products you may still have in your home. The products were … [Read more...]

DFI Recalls California Cantaloupes for Possible Salmonella

DFI Marketing Inc. is recalling almost 500,000 California-grown cantaloupes that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The USDA's Microbiological Data Program found the bacteria on the fruit during routine testing at a wholesale produce distribution center. The melons were distributed from August 27 to September 10, 2012. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. About 28,000 cartons are included in the recall. The fruit is packed 6, 7, 12, 15, or 18 per carton. The cartons are stamped with "825 CALIFORNIA WESTSIDE" and were packed on August 26, 2012. The fruit waas distributed to these states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New … [Read more...]

Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Hits Illinois Hard

Illinois has been hard hit by the cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 204 people in 22 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Illinois residents account for about 12 percent of all reported cases nationwide. So far, 24 people from 11 counties in that state have confirmed cases of Salmonella poisoning. And at least eight of them had cases so severe that they needed to be hospitalized. The tainted cantaloupes were grown on Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana and were distributed throughout the country. Retailers who reported removing cantaloupes from their shelves include Walmart, Krogers, Schnucks, Meijer and Marsh. “Illinois consumers should check for and ask about the origin of recently … [Read more...]

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