EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ Cantaloupe growers say demand for the melon has rebounded after two seasons of contaminations that cast a pall over the industry and sickened hundreds of people.
The farmers say they've formed a group that focuses on food safety practices as they work to restore consumer and buyer confidence in cantaloupes.
Executive director Charles Hall of the Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association tells the Evansville Courier & Press that group members agree to abide by specific practices in growing, harvesting, packing and transporting cantaloupes.
He says he believes sales of cantaloupes have risen because “the American public's very forgiving.''
Chamberlain Farms in Gibson County was identified as the source of a salmonella outbreak last year that sickened more than 260 people in 24 states.