Canteloupe Listeria Outbreak
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|Wed, 09-28-2011 - 4:11pm|
In early September 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning after Rocky Ford cantaloupes were linked to an outbreak of listeria, a potentially deadly bacterial infection. By the end of the month, the melons caused 13 deaths and sickened 72 people -- making this the deadliest food-bourne illness in more than a decade. Jensen Farms, the Colorado-based source of the fruit, issued a recall of the fruit and Carol's Cuts, a Kansas food processor, recalled about 600 pounds of cut fresh cantaloupe and fruit salad containing cantaloupe. Food and Drug Administation officials identified strains of listeria in the packing houses and on the equipment where the melons were processed.
Deaths have been reported in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Kansas,