Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Cantaloupes Grown in Indiana
At least 261 people nationwide, including 94 who were hospitalized and 3 who died, were diagnosed with Salmonella infections in July and August of 2012. Public health officials linked the Salmonella outbreak to cantaloupes grown by Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana. Cantaloupes at the farm tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella Typhimurium as was isolated from outbreak victims.
Indiana-Grown Cantaloupes Recalled for Salmonella Contamination
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Chamberlain Farms announced on August 22, 2012 that Chamberlain Farms was recalling all its cantaloupes for potential Salmonella contamination after a public health investigation into the Salmonella outbreak linked the farm's cantaloupes as the source of illness. According to FDA, the cantaloupes were initially shipped to Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin. Illnesses in other states were likely due to further shipment of the Salmonella-contaminated cantaloupes.
The Salmonella case-count associated with the cantaloupe outbreak included residents of 24 states: Alabama (25), Arkansas (6), Florida (1), Georgia (13), Illinois (36), Indiana (30), Iowa (9), Kentucky (66), Maryland (1), Michigan (8), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (7), Missouri (17), Montana (1), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (5), Ohio (5), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (4), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (9).
Cantaloupe-Related Salmonella Lawsuits Filed
Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of a Michigan family on August 22, hours before the name of the cantaloupe farm was released. The firm later filed an amended complaint to add Chamberlain Farms as a defendant. Marler Clark later filed 2 additional Salmonella lawsuits against Chamberlain Farms on behalf of other outbreak victims.
Contact the Marler Clark Salmonella Attorneys
If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection after eating cantaloupe and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. The firm represents dozens of victims of a Listeria outbreak traced to contaminated cantaloupes in September of 2011.
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