Source of Listeria Contaminiation Confirmed

Posted on September 19, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that they found the source of a multiple state outbreak of listerosis in samples of Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupe, according to news reports.

Tests were taken at a Denver store and at Jensen’s packing warehouse. The samples matched one of three strains that have been found in cantaloupes contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Jensen Farms announced a recall of their product on September 14th, after 35 people in ten states became infected. Four of those people died.

The company is working with the FDA to find the source of contamination.

The recalled product was produced from July 29 to September 10 in 17 states.

Consumers should not eat any of the recalled cantaloupe, even if they thoroughly wash it, as the bacteria can also be on the inside of the product. Especially at risk are young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.

As a Los Angeles product liability lawyer, consumer health is something that I am very conscious of and I know that even with tough rules and regulations on manufacturers mistakes can still be made. I encourage anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of listeriosis to seek immediate medical attention. The personal injury lawyer at our law firm sincerely hope that no one has been sickened by consuming the recalled cantaloupe.

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