Be careful when eating cantaloupes as a salmonella outbreak is in progress. If this sounds like a repeat from last summer, it is, only that one was from a farm in Colorado that killed 30 people and made many more ill. So far there have been two reported deaths and 141 people have been sickened from the bacteria in this outbreak.
Indiana officials said there were about 150 cantaloupe-linked cases nationwide. Officials Friday advised all Indiana residents to discard cantaloupes purchased since July 7.
In various stories on news channels and websites, the reports are confusing. They say the outbreak is in Kentucky, Indiana and Minnesota and then I read or hear from other news sources that 20 states are affected. Perhaps they are still investigating and the story is quickly changing. Even though we wanted clarity before printing this story, we felt consumers and parents needed to know.
Since the young, elderly and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to become very ill from salmonella bacteria, it’s best to avoid eating cantaloupe even if you are not in those three states. I don’t have a list yet of the twenty mentioned on various news outlets.
We will update this story as soon as new information is available.