Angela Compton of Battle Creek Michigan has filed a lawsuit in Calhoun County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., over allegations that the cantaloupe they sold poisoned her two children with salmonella.
According to the Indy Star, after the children were hospitalized and tested positive for salmonella, Compton discovered that a multistate salmonella outbreak was linked to cantaloupe grown in Indiana. Bloomberg reports that Wal-Mart began having its outlet stores pull cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana as a precaution.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified Chamberlain Farms of Owensville as one source of the tainted cantaloupe. Last week, the farm voluntarily recalled its melons from the market and said that its wholesale purchasers and retailers complied with the recall, the Houston Chronicle reports.
So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 178 people in 21 have been infected with salmonella from the melons, including 62 who were hospitalized and the 2 people who have died.
Local health officials and the FDA have advised that consumers who have purchased melons from southwest Indiana on or after July 7, throw them out.