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Brothers Charged Over Cantaloupes That Killed 33

Lawyer: Jensens had no knowledge of contamination

(Newser) - Two cantaloupe growers—brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen, 37 and 33—have been federally charged over the 2011 listeria outbreak that left 33 dead and hundreds of others ill. The brothers, whose family has been farming for four generations, turned themselves in; they pleaded not guilty to six counts of... More »

Indiana Melons Linked to US Salmonella Outbreak

2 Dead, 141 sickened nationwide

(Newser) - Health officials in Indiana and Kentucky say they are investigating farms, distributors, and retailers after an outbreak of salmonella that has killed two and sickened at least 141 people nationwide was linked to cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana. Officials yesterday advised all Indiana residents to discard cantaloupes purchased since July... More »

FDA Finds Soiled Equipment at Cantaloupe Farm

It could explain how listeria outbreak started at Colorado facility

(Newser) - Federal health inspectors discovered listeria inside the packing facility of the Colorado farm that shipped out lethal cantaloupes , killing 25 people so far, reports USA Today . FDA officials also found several sanitation problems, including dirty and contaminated equipment that could explain how listeria spread to the fruit. More »

Cantaloupe Death Toll Hits 21

More than 100 sickened, and numbers could grow

(Newser) - Health authorities say that a nationwide outbreak of listeria in cantaloupes is now responsible for 21 deaths and that the number may grow. The CDC today reported new deaths in Indiana and New York and said 109 people have been sickened in the outbreak. The death toll is now tied... More »

30K Pounds of Lettuce Recalled in Listeria Scare

Company yanks produce in wake of 16 cantaloupe deaths

(Newser) - A California food company has recalled some 30,000 pounds of lettuce feared tainted by listeria. The lettuce was distributed in 19 states and Canada, reports the Wall Street Journal . So far no illness linked to the lettuce has been reported, but 16 people have died from listeria in Colorado... More »

Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak: More Deaths Likely

And it's already the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in years

(Newser) - The cantaloupe-borne listeria outbreak has now spread to 18 states, and it’ll probably get worse before it gets better, health officials tell the LA Times . While the official death toll is still at 13, that’s expected to rise as more testing is done on suspected listeria victims, and... More »

Cantaloupe Death Toll Rising, May Hit 16

CDC reports 13 confirmed deaths and 72 illnesses from listeria outbreak

(Newser) - Health officials say at least 13 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, making it the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade. The CDC said today that 72 illnesses and 13 deaths are linked to the tainted fruit. Most of the victims were age... More »

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