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Indiana, Kentucky Win Prestigious Public Health Award

The Indiana State Department of Health and the Kentucky Department of Public Health have been awarded the John J. Guzewich Environmental Public Health Team Award for their combined response to the multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms in 2012. Using food questionnaires, epidemiologists in Kentucky and Indiana traced the infections to melons…. Continue Reading

FDA Issues Report on Chamberlain Cantaloupe Outbreak: Fields, Packinghouse Blamed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week released an environmental assessment inspection report on how exactly the cantaloupes linked to a deadly 2012 Salmonella outbreak may have been contaminated. The report comes six months after Chamberlain Farms in Owensville, Indiana was pinpointed as the source of the outbreak, which sickened 261, including three deaths,… Continue Reading

After Canaloupe Outbreak, FDA Tells Farm to Correct Salmonella Problems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to Chamberlain Farms, Inc. this week, months after the Indiana farm’s cantaloupe was linked to a 24-state Salmonella outbreak tied to cantaloupe that caused 261 illnesses and 3 deaths. According to FDA, which inspected and tested the farm and packinghouse in August and September, the firm… Continue Reading

Is Pasteurization the Answer to Killer Cantaloupes?

Killer cantaloupes could kill the cantaloupe business, and thus something must be done to ensure the safety of these fruits. After Colorado cantaloupes were found to be at the center of the nation’s most deadly foodborne illness outbreak in a century last year, California growers led an intense nationwide campaign to improve practices, especially those… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes Declared Over

The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Newport infections linked to Indiana-grown cantaloupes is over, announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday. Cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms in Owensville, IN ultimately sickened 261 people in 24 states and led to 3 deaths in Kentucky, according to CDC’s final outbreak report. The first victim… Continue Reading

FDA Found Food Safety Problems At Chamberlain Farms Before Recall

Before Chamberlain Farms recalled its cantaloupe crop on Aug. 22, inspectors out of Detroit for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were already finding the Owensville, IN grower  had problems. And most were discovered a few days before that recall, according to the just released form 483-inspection report from FDA.  Here the summary of… Continue Reading

Farm Linked to Cantaloupe Outbreak Is Likely Source of One, Possibly Two More Outbreaks

Evidence links two more illness clusters to Chamberlain Farms

The Indiana farm whose cantaloupes were deemed the likely source of a nationwide Salmonella Typhumurium outbreak last month is now the suspected source of at least one other Salmonella outbreak linked to its cantaloupes and may be ground zero for yet a third Salmonella outbreak tied to watermelons grown there. In its first update on… Continue Reading

A Speedy Cantaloupe Investigation Followed By a Slow One

Cantaloupes were the source of two deadly outbreaks over two years in two states. But the similarity between the these outbreaks stops there, because this year it’s taking longer to put the story together, in part because everything is moving slower. Last year, Colorado put out its first health warning about the deadly Listeria outbreak… Continue Reading