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"Food-safety experts rethink advice after cantaloupe listeria outbreak"

The Denver Post | Jennifer Brown and Michael Booth

"Safety experts are scrambling to revise some of the tenets of food-handling dangers in the wake of the deadliest modern outbreak of food-borne illness.

Consumers, meanwhile, are struggling to absorb sometimes- conflicting advice on common kitchen queries, from whether to wash raw chicken to how much of a bruised apple can be salvaged.

The 29 deaths and one miscarriage from the listeria outbreak in Colorado cantaloupes, as well as recent outbreaks in spinach and tomatoes, have forced state-university labs and kitchens to rethink what they tell consumers about produce. The severity of the melon outbreak also injects more urgency into messages about more settled food topics..."

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