Is Danger Hiding in Your Fridge?

Undetected danger could be hiding among the fruits and vegetables, in your fridge.

A recent salmonella outbreak affecting 141 persons in 20 states has been linked Cantaloupe melonto Cantaloupe. Yes, this ripe, sweet fruit, if grown in southwestern Indiana, could make you and your family very ill.

Reports of illness were identified in the following states: Alabama , Arkansas , California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. There were also 31 people hospitalized and two deaths.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramps, within 12 -72 hours after eating infected food. In severe cases, if the infection is not treated quickly, it can lead to death.

If you’ve recently bought cantaloupe, you need to check out the growing area shown on the cantaloupe’s sticker. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) advises consumers to discard all cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana. Cantaloupes grown in other areas are considered safe.

If you’re not sure where your cantaloupe was grown, it is best to ask your store manager. But, if in doubt, you should throw it out.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Read more about the salmonella outbreak in cantaloupe on the CDC website.

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