Listeria Outbreak, FDA Recalls Cantaloupes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of Rocky Ford Cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms of Holly because of a recent listeria outbreak.

The agency said that the distributor is voluntarily recalling their shipments from July 29 through September 10 and distributed to at least 17 states.

The company is working with the state of Colorado and the FDA to inform consumers of the recall.

“The recalled cantaloupes have the potential to be contaminated with listeria and may be linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis,” said the FDA.

The CDC reports that at least 22 people in seven states have been infected with the outbreak-associated strains of listeria monocytogenes as of Wednesday.

The recalled contaminated cantaloupes were distributed to Illinois, Wyoming, Tennesse, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Listeria Facts – It is a rare and serious illness caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria. The high-risk groups include older adults, people with compromised immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions such as cancer and unborn babies and pregnant women. If the bacteria spreads from the intestines to the bloodstream and nervous system, it could cause meningitis and other complications.

The patients report eating whole cantaloupes purchased from grocery stores marketed from the Rocky Ford growing region of Colorado.

Listeria symptoms include fever and muscle aches, diarrhea, headache, stiff neck, confusion, convulsions and can cause complications with pregnancy.