Are you affected?? http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium-cantaloupe-08-12/index.html
Thanks for the warning Sue. I am not affected, I actually haven't bought any cantaloupe in awhile. And since that was grown in the midwest and CA has its own cantaloupe growing areas I'm surprised that/if any of it was shipped here.
Several years ago there was an outbreak of something, either Salmonella or e-coli, on cantaloupes and the recommendation was to scrub them well with soap and a brush because the bacteria can be trapped in the little indentations and carried into the flesh on the knife blade. Since then I always wash all melons with soap and let them air dry before cutting in to them.....so hopefully if I get a germy one I sanitize it sufficiently before cutting.
There seem to be so many more cases of food-borne illness these days. Do you think it is due to better reporting, or more poor oversight in the fields and packing sheds, or something else?
I would like to think that it is due to better reporting, or better awareness of people seeking a doctor when they do get sick. Food poisoning is the first thought when people get sick.....but I'm not so sure. With costs of farming up.....and profits down, I am hoping that it isn't due to the lack of oversight in the farms. Plus we get a lot of our food from foreign countries that have fewer regulations so that may contribute to it.
I agree....washing with warm water, soap and a brush is essential.....just make sure that you get the soap all off...or it can make you sick too.
I heard on the news that there's a problem with salmonella on some mangoes too...they hadn't yet determined the brand or the distribution yet...so if anybody has been eating mangoes you might want to Google it find out more.
Oh my!! I love mangos!!