Salmonella Typhimurium – Indiana Cantaloupes

The latest official CDC statistics – As of September 13, 2012

  • 270 confirmed illnesses reported in 26 states
  • 101 hospitalized
  • 2 deaths (both in Kentucky)

Confirmed cases of Salmonella Typhimurium by state – As of September 13, 2012

  • Alabama:- 16
  • Arkansas:- 6
  • California:- 2
  • Florida:- 1
  • Georgia:- 9
  • Illinois:- 26
  • Indiana:- 24
  • Iowa:- 10
  • Kentucky:- 70
  • Maryland:- 1
  • Massachusetts:- 2
  • Michigan:- 6
  • Minnesota:- 5
  • Mississippi:- 7
  • Missouri:- 15
  • Montana:- 1
  • New Jersey:- 2
  • North Carolina:- 7
  • Ohio:- 6
  • Oklahoma:- 1
  • Pennsylvania:- 2
  • South Carolina:- 5
  • Tennessee:- 8
  • Texas:- 2
  • Wisconsin:- 6

Confirmed Cases of Salmonella Newport by State (as of September 13, 2012)

  • Illinois:- 8
  • Indiana:- 9
  • Michigan:- 1
  • Missouri:- 6
  • Ohio:- 3
  • Virginia:- 1
  • Wisconsin:- 2

What the states are saying (as of August 23, 2012)

This information is gleaned from various state websites and/or from direct email communication with state spokespersons.

  • California (as of August 21st):- California’s two patients had Salmonella infections that matched the outbreak strain; however, neither patient had exposure to cantaloupe or other melons. Neither patient reported travel to any areas where the melons were distributed.
  • Illinois (as of August 20th):- Eight of the state’s confirmed outbreak victims were hospitalized. Confirmed cases were reported in 11 different counties. The state is working with local health departments to determine how many of the confirmed case-patients consumed cantaloups or other melons.
  • Indiana (as of August 23rd):- Nineteen Hoosiers (NB: CDC reports 18) sickened in this outbreak. Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. (Owensville, IN) has recalled its cantaloupes.
  • Kentucky (as of August 17th):- At least 50 people ill; two deaths. The state has found the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in cantaloupes that were grown in southwestern Indiana, but purchased in Kentucky. Investigations are also continuing into other Salmonella case clusters in the state that may be linked to cantaloupe or watermelon consumption. A watermelon sample procured in Western Kentucky has tested positive for Salmonella, according to information provided by Kentucky spokesperson Charles Kendell.
  • Michigan (as of August 22nd):- The state’s six confirmed cases include three adults and three children. One person has been hospitalized. Illness onsets were from mid- to late-July.
  • Minnesota (as of August 17th):- All three Minnesota victims reported eating cantaloupe in the week prior to becoming ill (between July 18th and July 26th). Two of the three victims were over 70 years of age; the third was a child. Two victims live in the Twin Cities area, and the third was from Greater Minnesota. The state has promised to provide a list of retail outlets in Minnesota that received the recalled cantaloupes, once this information has been developed.
  • Mississippi (as of August 22nd):- The two confirmed cases are from Rankin and Itawamba counties. One of the two individuals consumed whole cantaloupe purchased from a Wal-Mart store; the other did not consume cantaloupe. No additional cases are under investigation at this time.
  • Missouri (as of August 21st):- The state is involved in an ongoing investigation of reported cases. The nine (initially) confirmed Missouri cases were reported from five counties located in the Eastern, Southeastern and Central Health Districts. Two of the nine Missouri victims were hospitalized. Only one of the nine outbreak victims reported cantaloupe and/or melon consumption at this time. As of August 22nd, Missouri has confirmed 12 cases.
  • Tennessee (as of August 17th):- Six outbreak victims from various counties (unspecified); three people hospitalized. Additional suspect cases are under investigation. State food inspectors are collecting produce samples for analysis, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture officials are contacting retailers and distributors that may have received cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana.
  • Texas (as of August 20th):- The state recorded two cases of salmonellosis due to the outbreak strain; only one case was within the CDC timeframe definition for the outbreak. Neither Texas patient was hospitalized; neither reported having eaten cantaloupe; neither individual travelled to the Indiana/Kentucky/Illinois area prior to becoming ill.
  • Wisconsin (as of August 17th):- The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Health and with officials in other states, the CDC and FDA to trace the source and destinations of the affected melons. DATCP advises consumers   to not eat cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana.
  • West Virginia (as of August 20th):- The state has one case currently under investigation.

The following states have no suspected or confirmed outbreak-related cases of Salmonella Typhimurium illness under investigation at this time: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

Retail Distribution (as of August 23, 2012)

Cantaloupes recalled by Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. were supplied to one or more locations of the following chains:

  • Schnucks:- On August 16th, Schnucks removed all cantaloupes grown in southwest Indiana, including those from Chamberlain Farm. Cantaloupes currently available at Schnucks are from California.
  • Walmart:- Two outbreak victims from one Michigan household and one outbreak victim from Mississippi consumed whole cantaloupe purchased from Walmart. According to Bloomberg News, Walmart contacted its outlets beginning on August 17th to instruct them to withdraw cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana.

The following supermarket chains report that they did not source their cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farm Produce:

According to Food Safety News, Kroger, Valu Market and Paul’s Fruit Market stores in the Kentucky/Indiana area have posted signs in their stores to inform customers that their cantaloupes did not originate from Indiana.

Recall Notices

eFoodAlert reports

Links to Government Investigation Reports and Updates

Updated CDC Advice to Consumers, Retailers, and Others


Contaminated cantaloupe may still be in grocery stores and in consumers’ homes.

  • Consumers who recently purchased Chamberlain Farms cantaloupes are advised not to eat them and discard any remaining cantaloupe.
    • Based on the available information, consumers can continue to purchase and eat cantaloupes that did not originate from Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc.
    • Many cantaloupes have the growing area identified with a sticker on the fruit. If no sticker is present, consumers should inquire about the source. When in doubt, throw it out.
    • Consumers who are buying or have recently bought cantaloupe should ask their retailer if the cantaloupe originated from Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc.
  • Cantaloupes should be disposed of in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trash can. This will prevent people or animals from eating them.
  • Dispose of any cantaloupes that you think may be contaminated. Washing them will not completely eliminate the contamination. Cutting, slicing and dicing may also transfer harmful bacteria from the fruit’s surface to the fruit’s flesh.
  • Retailers and food service operators should not sell or serve Chamberlain Farms cantaloupe.
  • Persons who think they might have become ill from eating possibly contaminated cantaloupes should consult their health care providers.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.