Posted on: April 10, 2011
Federal food safety regulators are pointing the finger at a Colorado farm, saying cantaloupes from the producer are the source of a deadly, multi-state outbreak of listeriosis, report news sources .
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Rocky Ford-brad cantaloupe produced by Jensen Farms, a Colorado-based firm. The tainted melon was discovered at Denver-area store. The bacteria were also found on cantaloupe and equipment at the farm’s packing facility.
According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 35 people in 10 states have been sickened by the food borne illness. Four people died of it. Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes were recalled by Jensen Farms on September 14, but prior to the recall, the firm had shipped the fruit to at least 17 states, and there may have been further distribution of the melons.