Cantaloupe-Related Listeria Outbreak Worsens, Killing 18

Media sources reported that a total of 100 people have been infected with Listeria monocytogenes linked to cantaloupes. In an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency reported that the bacteria-laden melons have killed an additional 18 people.

According to the CDC, all illnesses related to Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes began on or after 31 July 2011 and have been associated with what the CDC refers to as the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in the United States in over a decade. All of the cantaloupes were allegedly grown and shipped from Jensen Farms in Colorado, and have since taken the lives of individuals in Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The melons have reportedly sickened a total of 100 people nationwide.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can result in food poisoning. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to become ill from the bacteria.

A recall was initiated by Jensen Farms for their Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes on September 14, however the melons had been shipped from July 29 through September 10 to at least 17 other states, with possible further distribution from there.

As a Bellingham personal injury lawyer, I’m deeply saddened to learn of this tragic situation. I pray that by making this information more available, more individuals can be educated and keep their families safe from foodborne illness. If you’ve been injured through the consumption of a contaminated food product, it may be in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.