Make Our Food Safe

"Melon growers inaugurate food-safety plan"

Ag Alert | Steve Adler

"California cantaloupe growers say they escaped a major marketing setback during the height of their harvest season, as consumers did not overreact to a salmonella outbreak traced to melons grown in Indiana.

Last year, a similar food-safety incident at a Colorado cantaloupe farm caused serious consequences for California growers. Consumers nationwide stopped buying cantaloupes from any source for a period of several weeks.

This year's Indiana incident, which has resulted in two deaths and 178 reported illnesses, follows by a few weeks the recall of cantaloupes from North Carolina because of possible contamination..."

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