MADISON (WTDY) – Illnesses in at least two people in Wisconsin are part of an ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella caused by tainted cantaloupe, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The DATCP says the cantaloupe was likely grown southwestern Indiana and sold all over the country. So far the outbreak has killed two people and made at least 150 others sick.
The DATCP warns consumers not to eat cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana. The region of origin for cantaloupes is often provided on a sticker placed on the fruit. DATCP is collaborating with Wisconsin Department of Health and public health officials in affected states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the ongoing outbreak, including tracing the source of the affected melons and shipments of melons that may be contaminated.