July 21, 2018

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...]

Salmonella Braenderup Outbreak Associated with Mangoes Grows

The CDC has just updated its investigation into the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak associated with Mangoes imported from Mexico. Now 105 people in 16 states have been sickened with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. The number of ill persons in each state is: California (80), Delaware (1), Hawaii (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (6), and Wisconsin (1). Twenty-five patients have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The investigation by public health officials indicates mangoes are a likely source of this outbreak. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a health alert about the Daniella brand of mangoes imported from Mexico on … [Read more...]

CDC Adds Three More Deaths to 2011 Jensen Farms Listeria Cantaloupe Toll

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised the official death toll of last year's Jensen Farms cantaloupe Listeria monocytogenes outbreak from 30 to 33. A total of 147 people in 28 states were part of the outbreak. In addition, seven pregnant women were sickened in this outbreak. One suffered a miscarriage, and three infants were born with listeriosis. After the government issued its final update on December 8, 2011, a fifth outbreak-associated subtype of Listeria monocytogenes was found on a cantaloupe that was in a patient's home. A search of PulseNet database identified the same subtype on a cantaloupe collected during the investigation. That subtype matches the bacteria isolated from one patient who had not been included in the outbreak total. Cantaloupe … [Read more...]

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...]

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