Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe grown in Indiana

By Audrey Williams

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning consumers about a salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes grown in Southwestern Indiana.

So far, 141 people in 20 states have been infected. Seventeen cases have been reported in Illinois and eight of those people have been hospitalized.

State health department officials say the illness dates range from July 7th to August 4th, but still ask consumers to take precautions.

"Washing these cantaloupe will not rid them of salmonella. So, if you know your cantaloupe came from southwestern Indiana throw it away. If you're not sure, call your store. If they're not sure, throw it out. It's the 'When in doubt throw it out', this is a good example of that," said Sara Sparkman with the Tazewell County Health Department.

The FDA recommends consumers wash all fruits and vegetables before eating, cutting, or cooking.