Make Our Food Safe
10/17/2011

"Listeria outbreak devastates Calif. cantaloupes"

USA Today |

 

"MENDOTA, Calif. – On an October day in the midst of harvest season, two farmworkers sat idly in their home in a Central California town that touts itself as 'the cantaloupe center of the world'.

Instead of picking the melons and supervising a work crew, Dora and David Elias of Mendota were unemployed — laid off along with hundreds of others as the cantaloupe listeria outbreak traced to Colorado rippled across the nation.

The pangs were particularly felt here in the top cantaloupe-producing state. Sales of California cantaloupes plummeted, even though their fruit was perfectly safe to eat. Farmers abandoned fields. Farmworkers lost jobs..."

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