Colorado Farm Says Listeria Found in Cantaloupe

September 16, 2011

A Colorado farm is voluntarily recalling its cantaloupes after one of its melons tested positive for Listeria.

According to KMGH-TV, Jensen Farms says one of its Rocky Ford cantaloupes sampled from a store tested positive.

Four people have died and more than two dozen people have come down with listeriosis.

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. Symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, headache, stiff neck, confusion and convulsions.

The cantaloupes were shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10 and distributed throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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