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Jensen Farms Frontera Listeria Outbreak – Now Third Most Deadly

At 72 sickened with 13 deaths the Jensen Farms Frontera Listeria Outbreak has moved into third place in the United States most deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.  The numbers of ill and dead are expected to increase in this recent Listeria Outbreak.

Jalisco’s Listeria Outbreak

•          January 1985

•          Vehicle: cheese

•          Number ill: 142

•          Deaths: 48

Bil Mar Foods Ready-to-eat Meats Listeria Outbreak

•          January 1998

•          Vehicle: deli and cured meats

•          Number ill: 101

•          Deaths: 31

Jensen Farms Frontera Listeria Outbreak

•          September 2011 – ONGOING

•          Vehicle: whole cantaloupe

•          Number ill: 72

•          Deaths: 13

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

Dole Brand Natural Selections Bagged Spinach E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

•          August 2006

•          Vehicle: spinach

•          Number ill: 238

•          Deaths: 5

SanGar Produce Listeria Outbreak

•          January 2010

•          Vehicle: celery

•          Number ill: 10

•          Deaths: 5

Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

•          November 1992

•          Vehicle: ground beef

•          Number ill: 708

•          Deaths: 4

Chi Chi’s Hepatitis A Outbreak

•          October 2003

•          Vehicle: green onions

•          Number ill: 660

•          Deaths: 4

Thanks for some updated numbers on www.outbreakdatabase.com.

  • Sam

    As of today, no other farms have been implicated. SO, it seems likely that the contamination must have occurred during, or post-harvest. Does Jensen Farms use an automated wet wash system for harvested melons? If so, how is the wash solution monitored? Are all of their workers trained to wash hands, are there handwash facilities in the field? What kind of wild animals can be found in the fields at Jensen Farms? The root cause analysis shouldn’t be that difficult, unitl those possibilities are ruled out.