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Chamberlain Farm Produce Recalls Salmonella Newport Watermelon Too

AP reports that Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. of Owensville, Indiana, which has been linked to a deadly outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium in cantaloupes that has sickened 204 people in 22 states, has now withdrawn its watermelon from the market.

Indiana State Department of Health spokeswoman Amy Reel said the watermelon Salmonella Newport strain was found as a result of an inspection of the farm prompted by the cantaloupe Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. She confirmed that no illnesses have yet been linked to the watermelon. But, she said the same strain of Salmonella as found in the watermelon has been linked to some illnesses.

St. Louis-based grocery chain Schnucks announced last week that it had removed Chamberlain Farms watermelons from all of its stores in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, Missouri after being contacted by the farm.