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Salmonella Attorney Bill Marler Explains Cantaloupe Outbreak; Talks Cantaloupe Safety

The CDC reports that 13 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Panama have been reported from Oregon (5 cases), Washington (4 cases), California (2 cases), Maryland (1 case) and Colorado (1 case).  The illnesses have been linked to Del Monte Cantaloupes.  Del Monte has recalled nearly 5,000 cases.   Contaminated Cantaloupes have been an issue over the last decade and before.

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    Very nice, Bill.

  • Bill Anderson

    Do you think it would help reduce cantalope safety risks if we encouraged a shorter distribution chain and smaller-scale production of cantalopes? In other words, instead of looking for a “perfect” cantalope from the grocery store, and handling it flawlessly in the kitchen to prevent contamination, consumers should instead look to get their cantalopes locally, farm-direct (no refrigeration required)?
    Just askin’…. You tell me?

  • In a perfect world it likely would not matter how long the supply chain is. However, in my experience, the longer the chain, them more opportunities for human error, especially temperature abuse in shipping. So, I tend to avoid cantaloupe out of U.S. season. Not a perfect solution, but a rational one.

  • Doc Mudd

    Somehow I don’t think purchasing a cantaloupe from a clueless neighbor who religiously keeps the growing area lavishly slathered with manure is any guarantee against getting sick from salmonella. Probably increases the risk, eh?

  • Bill Anderson

    My neighbors are not clueless, Doc Mudd. Thanks for the little advice there, though. There’s a strong history of small scale local farming where I live, so there is plenty of indigenous knowledge here about what to do and what not to do. I’m pretty sure that spreading raw manure on produce growing areas would fall under the list of things not to do.
    I’ll get my cantalopes locally, thanks. No need for refrigeration or excessive paranioa about bateria!