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Infections associated with cantaloupe consumption: a public health concern.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16318654     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet and is consumed in greater quantity in the United States than ever before. Consumption of cantaloupe has recently been associated with several large outbreaks of infections in North America, highlighting the need for a better understanding of practices and processes that may contribute to contamination. We reviewed all cantaloupe-associated outbreaks that were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the literature. Twenty-three outbreaks occurred between 1984 and 2002; 1434 people became ill, 42 were hospitalized, and two died in these outbreaks. Aetiological agents in the outbreaks included five serotypes of Salmonella enterica, Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and norovirus. We reviewed processes contributing to cantaloupe contamination, conditions affecting survival and growth of bacterial pathogens on melons, and potential methods for sanitization. For maximum safety, industry, federal, and international partners must collaborate to ensure that appropriate interventions are in place to minimize the risk of contamination and prevent the growth of pathogens during cantaloupe production, processing, storage, and preparation.
A Bowen; A Fry; G Richards; L Beuchat
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2005-12-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  134     ISSN:  0950-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-27     Completed Date:  2006-08-31     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  675-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Infectious Disease, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cucumis melo*
Disease Outbreaks*
Food Contamination
Food Handling / standards
Food Microbiology
Food Supply / standards*
Food-Processing Industry / standards
Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*,  microbiology,  prevention & control
Public Health
United States / epidemiology

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