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Minnesota Officials: Avoid Cantaloupe from SW Indiana

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say residents should avoid eating cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana.

A farm there initiated a voluntary recall after several cantaloupes tested positive for a strain of salmonella bacteria.

The Minnesota Department of Health says three people in Minnesota have been infected with that same strain. All three recovered, but the outbreak also killed two people in Kentucky and sickened at least 141 people across several states.

The state agriculture department is working with other states and the FDA to determine which Minnesota stores received the recalled cantaloupes. Until then, consumers are advised not eat cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana.

Cantaloupes generally have stickers identifying their state of origin. If there’s no sticker, consumers can contact the store where they bought the fruit to ask where it was grown.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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