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2002 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Poona Linked to Susie Cantaloupe Distributed by I. Kunik Company

This multistate, Salmonella Poona, outbreak was one of three outbreaks that occurred between 2000 and 2002 involving imported, Mexican cantaloupe. Ten of the cases occurred in Canada. These outbreaks led to an import alert on cantaloupes from Mexico. The cantaloupe was purchased whole or eaten as part of a fruit salad or garnish. The cantaloupe had been distributed by the I. Kunik Company of McAllen, Texas, who had purchased it from a Mexican producer.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2002
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Grocery stores, Restaurants, Institutions
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Susie
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 58
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 58
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 10
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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