WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration late Wednesday announced a recall of cantaloupe by Owensville, Ind.-based Chamberlain Farms, citing “possible contamination with Salmonella Typhimurium associated with a multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis.”
The F.D.A. is warning consumers not to eat and to discard cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium has infected a total of 178 people from 21 states. Sixty-two people have been hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky, according to the C.D.C.
Chamberlain Farms first shipped its cantaloupe to Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin, and the melons later may have been shipped to other states, the F.D.A. said. Chamberlain this week officially recalled its cantaloupe from the marketplace after earlier agreeing to withdraw the cantaloupe from the market and ceasing distribution for the rest of the growing season.
Last fall, the F.D.A. found Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford brand cantaloupe taken from a Denver-area store and also on samples taken from equipment and cantaloupe at a Jensen Farms’ packing facility in Granada, Colo.