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"Listeria Outbreak Traced to Cantaloupe Packing Shed"

The New York Times | William Neuman

"A nationwide listeria outbreak that has killed 25 people who ate tainted cantaloupe was probably caused by unsanitary conditions in the packing shed of the Colorado farm where the melons were grown, federal officials said Wednesday.

Herbert H. Stevens Jr., 84, shown in recovery with his daughter, Jeni Exley, fell ill with fever a couple of weeks after eating a cantaloupe.

Government investigators said that workers had tramped through pools of water where listeria was likely to grow, tracking the deadly bacteria around the shed, which was operated by Jensen Farms, in Granada, Colo. The pathogen was found on a conveyor belt for carrying cantaloupes, a melon drying area and a floor drain, among other places ... "

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