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Jensen Farms Frontera Listeria Outbreak is now second most deadly

Well, tied anyway.  Last week the CDC reported eight deaths linked to Jensen Farms Frontera Cantaloupe:

2 in Colorado

1 in Maryland

4 in New Mexico

1 in Oklahoma

Although, not yet on the CDC website, State Health Departments report the following additional deaths:

2 in Kansas

1 in Nebraska

2 in Texas

1 in Wyoming

At 14 deaths, the Jensen Farms Frontera Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak moves into tied for number 2 in U.S. deadliest outbreaks.  Here is a bit of history about deaths in foodborne illness outbreaks:

Jalisco’s Listeria Outbreak

  • January 1985
  • Vehicle: cheese
  • Number ill: 86
  • Deaths: 29

Bil Mar Foods Ready-to-eat Meats Listeria Outbreak

  • January 1998
  • Vehicle: deli and cured meats
  • Number ill: 108
  • Deaths: 14

Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Salmonella Outbreak

  • September 2008
  • Vehicle:  Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Number ill: 716
  • Deaths: 9

Pilgrim’s Pride Listeria Outbreak

  • July 2002
  • Vehicle: deli meats
  • Number ill: 54
  • Deaths: 8