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"Criminal charges hard to pin on farm where listeria-contaminated cantaloupes originated"

Denver Post | Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown

"Jensen Farms and its owners remain under threat of criminal prosecution for the cantaloupe listeria outbreak that has killed 29 people, but the history of even the most scandalous food poisonings shows such charges are rare.

Federal prosecutors seek evidence of willful negligence to elevate cases to felonies worth pursuing, legal analysts say, and agricultural experts who have spoken with the Jensen family say the farm believed its 2011 changes would make melons safer.

Even when U.S. attorneys have appeared to possess examples of knowing negligence in other outbreaks, charges are sparse..."

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