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USDA Case Study: Consumers Seem to Recognize the Most Dangerous Outbreaks

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that consumers respond to foodborne illness outbreaks differently depending on the severity. The case study, produced by Fred Kuchler, Ph.D., an economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), compared warnings about cantaloupes issued in 2011 and again in 2012. The first recall was due… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: They’re Not Thinking About It


Back from Portland, OR, where the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting was held this year, it’s natural to be thinking about the big things. This time of year, one that comes to mind is the safety of all the fresh fruit and produce we are scooping up. As “grown at altitude” Rocky… Continue Reading

Settlement Reached for 66 Victims of 2011 Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak

A settlement was recently reached between 66 victims of the 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to Jensen Brothers cantaloupe and some of the 20 defendants. The terms of the settlement are confidential, said Williams Marler of Seattle-based Marler Clark, a food-safety law firm. “The matter was resolved by mutual agreement of the parties,” Marler said. (Marler Clark underwrites Food… Continue Reading

Walmart Settles 23 Civil Cases Linked to Listeria-Tainted Cantaloupe

Walmart Stores Inc. has settled 23 civil cases linked to Listeria-tainted cantaloupe it sold that came from Jensen Farms in Colorado. There are still 40 civil cases pending, which were filed by Walmart customers or relatives of customers who died in the 2011 outbreak. Bill Marler, a food safety attorney with Marler Clark, the Seattle… Continue Reading

Farmers in Cantaloupe Outbreak Sentenced to Probation, House Arrest, Fines

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the two owners of the cantaloupe farm tied to a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2011 to five years probation, six months home detention, and $150,000 each in restitution fees to victims. Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen owned Jensen Farms in Colorado, where they grew the cantaloupes that sickened at… Continue Reading

Prosecutors Recommend Five Years Probation for Cantaloupe Growers in Criminal Case

Government prosecutors on Friday recommended sentences of five years probation for brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen, former owners of a cantaloupe farm tied to one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. In October, each of the Jensen brothers pleaded guilty to six counts of Introducing an Adulterated Food into Interstate Commerce. That… Continue Reading

Cantaloupe Farmers Ask for Probation in Criminal Case

Two Colorado farmers who pleaded guilty to six counts of introducing contaminated cantaloupe to interstate commerce in one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history have asked a federal judge for probation sentences. Eric and Ryan Jensen, owners of Jensen Farms, pleaded guilty in October to selling cantaloupes tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, which… Continue Reading

Jensen Brothers Plead Guilty to Six Federal Misdemeanors

Two Colorado cantaloupe growers each pleaded guilty on Tuesday to six federal misdemeanor counts charged for introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce and criminal aiding and abetting. The pair will not be sentenced until Jan. 28. Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen grew cantaloupes in 2011 that became contaminated with deadly Listeria, causing a 28-state outbreak. Nearly… Continue Reading