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Cantaloupe on my mind – Without Pathogens Please!

I had the opportunity to meet a number of the best and the brightest in the produce industry today, and learned much about what they are now doing to make produce safer.  I am hopeful for consumers and the growers, shippers and retailers.  Not surprisingly, cantaloupe came up more that a few times due to my ongoing litigation surrounding the 2011 Jensen Farms Listeria outbreak and the 2012 Chamberlain Farm Salmonella outbreak.  Not that cantaloupe did not already have a sorted history with pathogens.

I still shied away from them on the breakfast buffet.

Like most things with human behavior, I am always a bit stunned how long it takes us to get the hint that there is a problem.

No.

Year

State(s)

Confirmed

Illnesses

Pathogen

Description

1.

1985

Wisconsin

16

Campylobacter

Melon or cantaloupe

2.

1990

30 states

245

Salmonella

Cut cantaloupe at salad bars

3.

1991

International, including U.S.

400

Salmonella

Mexican cantaloupe

4.

1997

California

24

Salmonella

Mexican cantaloupe

5.

1998

Ontario, Canada

22

Salmonella

Cantaloupe

6.

1999

Iowa

61

Norovirus

Restaurant, cantaloupe

7.

2000

California, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada

47

Salmonella

Mexican cantaloupe

8.

2001

Multi-state and International

50

Salmonella

Viva Brand cantaloupe

9.

2002

California, Minnesota, Oregon, Arkansas, Vermont, Nevada, Texas

58

Salmonella

Susie Brand cantaloupe

10.

2003

New York, Ohio, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Missouri

58

Salmonella

Day care center and private homes, cantaloupe

11.

2006

Multi-State and International

41

Salmonella

Cantaloupe cut at processing facility in Canada

12.

2007

California

11

Salmonella

Private home cantaloupe

13.

2008

Multi-State

53

Salmonella

Agropecuraria Mobtelibano cantaloupe, from Honduras

14.

2008

California

23

Norovirus

Restaurant, melon and cantaloupe

15.

2011

Multi-State

20

Salmonella

Del Monte cantaloupe

16.

2011

Multi-State

147

Listeria

Jensen Farms cantaloupe

17.

2012

Multi-State

261

Salmonella

Chamberlain Farms cantaloupe