Contaminated Cantaloupes….Are They Newsworthy?

Cantaloupes are once again recalled, but this time, it’s not for Listeria. NBC News states 270 people have contracted salmonella from cantaloupes that were grown in Owensville, Indiana at Chamberlain Farms. 1o1 people have been hospitalized due to the outbreak of contaminated melons, and a reported three deaths due to the recalled melons.
Two strains of salmonella have been detected in Chamberlain cantaloupes, and according to JoNel Aleccia, NBC News, “At least 240 people have been infected with salmonella Typhimurium and 30 have been sickened by salmonella Newport.”  Chamberlain Farms have also recalled their watermelons due to another strain of salmonella detected in the melons. To read the NBC report, click here.
In my opinion, this story is definitely newsworthy. Without a story like this, people might not know about the recall, and if they purchased contaminated melons prior to the recall they would unknowingly contract salmonella. What makes a story newsworthy depends on how much of an impact that single story might have on the nation, region, or world.  This story, which has taken a toll on 270 people in the U.S. is definitely something to read. A good idea to help end this breakout, always stay informed about the recalls of specific foods, and if you purchased a recalled food, dispose of it immediately, and do not take any chances on finishing off the unused portion of a recalled product.

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