Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Hits Illinois, Missouri

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(KPLR) – The salmonella outbreak from tainted cantaloupes has hit Missouri. Health officials say they’ve been notified of 12 confirmed cases in the state. There have been at least 17 cases in Illinois.

The tainted cantaloupes were grown in Southwestern Indiana and sold across the U.S. 

At last check, the  the F-D-A’s website reported a total of 141 persons infected have been reported from 20 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

The agency cautions consumers against trying to wash the harmful bacteria off the cantaloupe, or cut through the outer surface, as contamination may be both on the inside and outside of the fruit.

The Indiana farm has agreed to stop distributing cantaloupes for the rest of the growing season.

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