Wed August 29, 2012
FDA Confirms Indiana Cantaloupe Farm As Outbreak Source
The Food and Drug Administration says salmonella found at a cantaloupe farm in southwestern Indiana matches the "DNA fingerprint" of the salmonella responsible for a deadly outbreak that sickened people in 21 states.
An FDA spokeswoman says testing was done on salmonella found on cantaloupes and surface areas at Chamberlain Farms in Owensville.
The results showed that the salmonella was of the same strain that caused the recent outbreak, which killed two Kentucky residents and sickened 178 people, including 62 who were hospitalized.
The FDA says the tests confirm that the farm was a source of the bacteria. But the agency is still investigating whether there were other possible sources tied to the outbreak.
Chamberlain Farms voluntarily withdrew its cantaloupes from stores two weeks ago.