Salmonella Typhimurium-Contaminated Cantaloupe Recall Continues
In August of 2012, the Food and Drug Administration forced the recall of cantaloupes shipped from Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. in Indiana. The cantaloupes, which were found to be contaminated with salmonella typhimurium, were sent to multiple states. As of August 30, 2012, a total of 204 people who ate the cantaloupes were infected within 22 different states. Two victims are now deceased because of the outbreak; both were from Kentucky.
The initial recall took place on August 22, 2012 after an FDA investigation found Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. to be the source of the nationwide salmonella typhimurium outbreak. Even after the recall, however, cantaloupe-related salmonella cases have continued to rise due to consumption of cantaloupe that was sold prior to the recall and eaten by unknowing consumers.
Salmonella is the most common food borne illness in the United States, and it is also the most dangerous one. Symptoms of salmonella typhimurium infections may be mild or severe, but may include fever, vomiting, body aches, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
The bacteria that affected the recalled cantaloupes is thought to have lived on the surface of the cantaloupe rinds. It may have contaminated the inside of the fruit when cut into by consumers or retail produce departments.
Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. cantaloupes were distributed to retailers and grocers in several states, some of which have experienced far more reports of salmonella than others. Kentucky has the most cases with 63 reported cases. Illinois, Indiana and Alabama also have several cases each, at 24, 22 and 13 infected individuals.
If you or a loved one has been affected by consumption of a contaminated cantaloupe, contact our food poisoning attorneys at Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC for a free case evaluation today. You may be entitled to legal compensation for your suffering, and our food borne illness lawyers are the ones who will fight to help you get it.