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Listeriosis Outbreak Prompts Recall of Cantaloupes in 17 States

Jensen Farms of Holly, CO has voluntarily recalled cantaloupes in 17 states due to a possible listeriosis contamination. So far the listeriosis outbreak has infected more than two dozen people in CO, IN, NE, NM, OK, MN, and TX, and four have died. Primarily affecting whole cantaloupes, the recall extends to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, and PA. Cantaloupes would have been sold between July 29 and September 10. According to the FDA the offending fruits will have identifying stickers that read: Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords. If you have one of these cantaloupes, the company requests that you destroy it immediately.

Listeria is especially dangerous for the young, elderly, pregnant, or those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of listeriosis include flu-like fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea, vomiting, or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Questions about the recall can be directed to Jensen Farms: recall@rfordcantaloupe.com or 1-800-267-4561 from 9am – 4pm MST.

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