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"Cantaloupe processor largely ignored FDA guidelines, probe finds"

Associated Press |

"A listeria outbreak that killed 30 people and sickened 146 others might have been avoided if a Colorado cantaloupe processor had followed U.S. guidelines and washed the fruit in chlorinated water, a congressional investigation found.

Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., also lacked new processing equipment recommended by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the report issued Tuesday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The FDA, which oversees produce, doesn't have specific regulations for cantaloupe processing and offers only guidance, the committee said in its report. The agency can't shut a facility for violations and doesn't regulate auditors hired by farms to certify that facilities comply with good safety practices."

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