Despite an earlier plan to plead not guilty in federal court, two Colorado farmers whose cantaloupes were linked to the 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor charges. [Associated Press]
It seems like only yesterday we were eying every cantaloupe with suspicion in the midst of the listeria epidemic that sickened at least 100 and killed 33 people in 2011. It’s been two years since the Food and Drug Administration said it believed the outbreak was due to dirty equipment at cantaloupe farms, and now those melon farmers are pleading not guilty on charges linked to the outbreak. [More]
While authorities are still investigating the source of the listeria-tainted cantaloupe outbreak that killed 25 people and sickened more than 100 others, the FDA now believes that puddled water and dirty packing equipment is the likely culprit. [More]
Hold it — before you munch on that cantaloupe, you might want to make sure it’s not contaminated with bacteria. A new report from food officials has attributed at least a whopping 13 deaths to an outbreak of the melons grown in Colorado. [More]
Watch out for Del Monte cantaloupes — the Coral Gables, Fla. company has issued a recall with the help of the FDA of 4,992 cartons, each containing four sleeves of their three-pack of cantaloupes, as they may possibly be contaminated with Salmonella Panama. [More]
The Dole Fresh Fruit Company recalled several thousand cartons of imported cantaloupes after the fruit tested positive for salmonella. The recall, which covers the eastern United States and the Canadian province of Quebec, is the second prompted by salmonella fears this week. Dole said there had been no reports of illness as a result of the contaminated cantaloupes, which were grown in Costa Rica.