July 2000 Issue

Cantaloupes: Scrub Em Before You Cut Em

Stop! Donít slice that cantaloupe until youíve washed the outside. Cutting through a melon can draw in bacteria from the surface, contaminating the flesh inside. Thatís what seems to have happened in a recent outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning that sickened some 40 people in western states. Salmonella Risk. This isnít the first such incident. A similar outbreak in 1991 affected 400 people; in 1997 another 20 fell ill. Symptoms of Salmonella, which

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