An important food news alert: in response to the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana, Wal Mart Inc. has instructed all its stores to pull any cantaloupes grown in Indiana from the shelves.
So far 31 people have been hospitalized, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and 20 states have been affected by the outbreak so far, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
According to Food Safety News, public health officials are not yet ready to name the farm, but "customers should avoid cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana."
The California Cantaloupe Advisory Board was quick to release a statement that said cantaloupes grown in California have "never been associated with a foodborne illness outbreak," and that " it is very important that consumers understand the commitment to food safety the vast majority of cantaloupe producers have and that the current outbreak is the result of one individual operation that did not follow these well-established safety practices for packing cantaloupe."
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