Per an Associated Press article on boston.com, federal inspectors have identified two strains of Salmonella as well as unclean conditions at the fruit-packing facility for an Indiana cantaloupe farm that was tied to a recent outbreak.
Findings from the inspection of Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc., which were posted on a report on the FDAs website, include improperly cleaned equipment and algae growth in standing water located under conveyer belts in the packing plant.
The two strains of Salmonella were found both on cantaloupes in the farm’s fields as well as on surfaces in the packing facility per the report.
Per the FDA, the farm has been identified as at least one of the sources of deadly Salmonella that caused the outbreak of 270 illnesses in 26 states over the summer months that hospitalized 101 peopls and killed three. Nine cases have been identified in Georgia according to the CDC.
A spokesperson for the FDA reported that the investigation in still ongoing. She also noted that unlike food manufacturing facilities, the FDA is not mandated to conduct inspections at farms like Chamberlain Farm and that inspections “are conducted on a case by case basis as the situation warrants.”
If you or a family member has been affected by this outbreak, call food poisoning lawyer Ty Wilson for a review of your claim at 1-888-689-5224.