Make Our Food Safe
09/27/2011

"Deaths From Cantaloupe Listeria Rise"

New York Times | William Neuman

"At least 12 people in seven states have died after eating cantaloupe contaminated with listeria, in the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the United States in more than a decade, according to public health officials.

Many of the deaths involved elderly people, who are especially susceptible to the aggressive pathogen.

The cantaloupes were grown by a Colorado company, Jensen Farms, which issued a recall earlier this month. The melons, a type marketed as Rocky Ford cantaloupes, named after a region in Colorado, were sold around the country.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that there had been 55 illnesses and eight deaths in the outbreak. Four people died in New Mexico, two in Colorado and one each in Maryland and Oklahoma, according to the C.D.C...."

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