Death Toll Rises from Contaminated Cantaloupes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported 72 illnesses associated with contaminated cantaloupes containing listeria bacteria. Of these incidents, 13 were fatal. According to the CDC, the death toll may continue to rise since it often takes several weeks for someone to become sick after eating food contaminated with listeria.
The listeria outbreak has been linked to cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado. The contaminated cantaloupes were recalled by Jensen Farms earlier in September. The FDA detected the presence of listeria bacteria when state health officials inspected the cantaloupes in grocery stores and from a victim’s home. FDA inspectors found identical strains of the listeria bacteria on equipment and cantaloupe samples at the Jensen Farms packing plant in Granada, Colorado.
The recalled cantaloupes were shipped from Jensen Farms between July 29 and September 10. They may have the following labels on them:
- “Colorado Grown”
- “Distributed by Frontera Produce”
- “Sweet Rocky Fords”
Listeria is considered to be more deadly than some of the more common food-borne bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. It commonly affects elderly people, pregnant women, and other individuals with weakened immune systems.
If you or a loved one has become ill or died due to these contaminated cantaloupes, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. An experienced product liability lawyer can evaluate your case and advise you on the best way to proceed.