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First Cantaloupe Listeria Lawsuit Filed against Jensen Farms

The CDC as of yesterday has linked a total of 22 persons infected with the outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes from 7 states.  All illnesses started on or after August 15, 2011. The number of infected persons identified in each state is as follows:  Colorado (12), Indiana (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (4), Oklahoma (1), Texas (2), and West Virginia (1).  Source tracing of the cantaloupes that ill persons ate indicated that they were produced by Jensen Farms, of Granada, Colorado, and were marketed as being from the Rocky Ford region. These cantaloupes were harvested in August and September, were distributed widely in the United States, and may still be available in grocery stores.  This is the story of just one of those families.