Health safety advocates want melon farm identified

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by Gabrielle Fuller

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

   WASHINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Health safety advocates want the government to identify a southwestern Indiana farm that has agreed to quit selling cantaloupes following a salmonella outbreak that has sickened about 150 people across the country.

   Advocates tell The Indianapolis Star that they also want officials to identify stores that sell cantaloupes from southwestern Indiana, where officials suspect the outbreak originated.

   State health officials say they're withholding the name of the farm because the recall was voluntary and the source of the outbreak is still under investigation.

   Health officials are advising Indiana residents to discard cantaloupes bought since July 7.

   Washington, Ind., melon farmer Hubert Etienne tells the Evansville Courier & Press that his sales are down even though tests have shown that his cantaloupes aren't tainted.

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