The recent salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe in Southern Indiana has consumers on edge. Local farmers markets have had customers asking if everything is ok.
"Several people have asked are they from Indiana, do they have salmonella, but we assure them, no they are local they are from Allen County," says Aaron Sensenig from Sensenig Produce.
"We have had several customers and for the most part we just let out customers know where the cantaloupes are coming from and they have been inspected," says Deanna Grimsley.
State inspections of local farms are the first of many precautions taken to prevent an outbreak of bacteria. As many precautions there are to keep our produce safe, there are just as many issues farmers have to worry about.
"Soil drainage, contamination, it could come from any animal just it transports by contact basically and it just happens every year and it's just a precaution that each farmer needs to take upon themselves to inspect," says Grimsley.
Many local farmers say they do inspect daily even throwing out plants that show a potential problem.
"Mainly we just try to wait the designated days between picking and spraying so there is nothing wrong there, if we find any bad spots or anything wrong with the plants we will try and figure out the problem and get it fixed or throw it away," says Sensenig.
Farmers want consumers to know every piece of produce sold at farmers markets and in stores are inspected by the State of Kentucky to ensure our safety, but washing your produce before eating is still a good idea.
The farm from Indiana involved in the salmonella outbreak has agreed to stop selling the fruit for the remainder of the season.