The Indiana grower subjected to federal inspections following a deadly salmonella outbreak says it‘s suspending its cantaloupe operations.
The Food and Drug Administration advised Chamberlain Farms to check its operation for what it called a “source of widespread contamination.” That recommendation followed an outbreak that killed three people and made 261 others sick.
Federal inspectors first visited the Owensville, Indiana-based facility on Aug. 14. The FDA sent a warning letter to grower Tim Chamberlain on Dec. 14 and the letter appeared on the FDA website this week.
Chamberlain‘s attorney, Gary Zhao, says Chamberlain is cooperating with the investigation. However, Zhao says Chamberlain Farms consulted with an independent microbiologist who found that bacterium linked to the outbreak was present on surrounding lands and did not originate in Chamberlain Farms fields or operations.
Zhao says Chamberlain is discontinuing its entire cantaloupe operations, including growing, processing and sales, pending the outcome of the federal investigation.