Make Our Food Safe
10/18/2013

"Colorado Melon Farmers Sue Inspector Who Gave Them "Superior" Rating"

The Denver Post | Jennifer Brown

"Two brothers who grew listeria-contaminated cantaloupe linked to 33 deaths are suing the inspector who gave them a glowing "superior" safety report in 2011 as the deadly melons were shipping to grocery stores.
 
Ryan and Eric Jensen, whose fourth-generation farm collapsed after they were pounded with lawsuits from victims' families, claim the inspector gave them misleading advice and "erroneously" represented himself as having "professional expertise."

The lawsuit filed against Primus Group, a food auditing company based in California, is rare — even in an industry in which favorable audits have preceded the most notorious national food outbreaks.
 
It's the second time in a month the listeria cantaloupe case has set a precedent in the food safety industry. In September, the Jensen brothers were charged with federal misdemeanors for introducing adulterated food into the market — the first time in two decades food producers were charged with misdemeanor, unintentional acts.

The Jensens are expected to plead guilty in federal court in Denver on Tuesday."

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