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Farm Linked to Cantaloupe Outbreak Now Recalling Watermelons

The farm in southwestern Indiana whose cantaloupes were pinpointed late last month as the probable source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 204 people is now recalling its watermelons because they may be contaminated with a different strain of Salmonella.

Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana issued a voluntary recall of this growing season’s watermelons because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport. An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium was linked to the farm August 22 after samples of cantaloupe collected there revealed the presence of the outbreak strain of the bacteria.

Missouri-based Schnucks grocery announced the watermelon recall in a press release Friday.

Watermelons subject to the recall that were sold at Schnucks, Logli and Hilander stores outside of Indiana contain a sticker reading “Indian Hills – Product of USA.” Schnucks urges consumers who bought watermelons with these stickers not to eat them and to return them for a full refund.

Chamberlain Farms’ watermelons sold at the Schnucks five Indiana locations do not have a sticker. Customers who bought watermelons without a sticker at these stores should return them for a full refund.

Only watermelons sold in Schnucks stores before September 7, 2012 are subject to this recall, says the store.

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  • john

    Look at the irrigation water. SO MANY farms are spraying water on their crops that come directly from canals and reclamation ponds without ANY decontamination. This is stagnant water that receives most of its volume from runoff water, which is hugely contaminated with all sorts of bacteria.

  • Ben Mark

    Contaminated water was discussed at the last outbreak. The owner, FDA inspectors, County Agents everybody knew about this problem. The same owner, knowing about the problem is shipping another contaminated crop from his farms without testing and as mentioned in the article he still is shipping without stickers. He doesn’t care how many people he sickens or kills. In English criminal law, acting deliberately and intentionally or recklessly with extreme disregard for human life is called attempted murder

  • Vinh

    If that is the case Ben, then people should be filing lawsuits against this irresponsible farmer who is knowingly and continuously providing harmful food products to others.