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Cantaloupe recalled amid Listeria outbreak

September 15, 2011 | 12:04 pm

Cantaloupe
Fruit fans, it’s time to check your produce.

The federal Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Thursday that there is a widespread recall for whole cantaloupes sourced from a Colorado firm, amid concerns that the fruit may be contaminated with the Listeria bacterium. Federal officials say that the contaminated fruit may be linked to two deaths and 22 cases of people falling ill.

The fruit, from Jensen Farms, is being recalled after the company confirmed that one of its Rocky Ford melons had tested positive for Listeria.

Jensen Farms said on Wednesday that it was recalling fruit it produced between July 29 and Sept. 10, but reportedly said that there was no clear confirmation that its cantaloupes were the cause of the food contamination outbreak.

To date, federal officials say they know the fruit was shipped to Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.

The fruit that is being recalled “have a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA-Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords,” according to FDA.

If the cantaloupe has no label, FDA officials ask that consumers contact the store in which they bought the fruit and ask them for information about where the produce was sourced. If the fruit is part of the recall, Jensen Farms asks that consumers get rid of it and not eat it.

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Photo: A cantaloupe. The FDA warned consumers Thursday that there is recall for whole cantaloupes sourced from a Colorado firm. Credit: Konrad Fiedler / Bloomberg

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