OWENSVILLE – An attorney for a southwestern Indiana farm linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak says testing by a microbiologist hired by the farm suggests the bacteria that caused the outbreak didnt come from the farms fields.
Chamberlain Farms attorney, Gary Zhao, said in a statement Thursday that the overwhelming evidence points to land adjacent to the Owensville farms melon fields as the likely source of the bacterial contamination federal investigators found on the farms cantaloupes.
He says that means the farms packing facilities, equipment or operations werent the source of the salmonella.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently asked the farm for specifics on how its addressed unclean conditions at its fruit-packing plant. Investigators say last summers outbreak sickened 261 people in 24 states and killed three people in Kentucky.