Food products contaminated with Salmonella can result in serious consumer illness and sometimes fatal infections among the young and senior population, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt.
On August 22, 2012, Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana voluntarily recalled cantaloupe grown on its farm, because it may be one source contributing to the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections. According to the FDA, a total of 178 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 21 states.
- The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (13), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (3), Illinois (21), Indiana (18), Iowa (7), Kentucky (56), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (5), Missouri (12), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (3), Ohio (4), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4).
- 62 ill persons have been hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.
Salmonella infection is one of the most common types of food poisoning. It occurs when you swallow food or water that contains the salmonella bacteria. The salmonella germs may get into the food you eat (called contamination) in several ways.
The time between infection and symptoms is 8 – 48 hours. Symptoms include: