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Blame those melons

WASHINGTON — United States health regulators said cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms in Indiana may be one source of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella that has killed two people and sickened some 178 in the past month.

The farm in Owensville in southwest Indiana decided to recall all its melons, which were first shipped within the state and to Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The melons may have later been shipped to other states, the US Food and Drug Administration said late on Wednesday.

The FDA and others are still trying to figure out if there are other sources of the salmonella outbreak, which has spread to 21 states so far and sent 64 people to the hospital. Last week, they said they are also looking at watermelons as a possible source of a smaller outbreak.

Regulators already knew the salmonella outbreak that began in early July likely started in Indiana, but had not previously pinpointed any farms that may have been responsible. (Reuters)

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