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Cantaloupe Death Brings Another Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Louisiana’s 26th Judicial District Court in Bossier Parish on behalf of the estate of Francis Gilbert, who died after eating Colorado-grown cantaloupe last year that was contaminated with Listeria. The lawsuit, brought by the personal representative of the estate, Kathleen Buchanan, names the cantaloupe distributor, Frontera Produce,… Continue Reading

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Last week, Jensen Farms, the grower of the cantaloupe implicated in the Listeria outbreak of 2011, filed for bankruptcy. Prominently listed in the filing were lawsuits associated with the outbreak, from which 146 people were sickened and 36 died. According to the Denver Post, Jensen’s attorney said the filing should free up millions of dollars… Continue Reading

Serious Questions About Third-Party Audits

On Jan. 10, 2012, a Congressional House report was issued on the government’s investigation into the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak. The report provided some very interesting findings and lessons not only for and about Jensen Farms but for and about the industry as a whole. Conducted by the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce, the investigation… Continue Reading

Congressional Probe Finds Many to Blame for Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce might have substituted a photo for its brief investigation report, released Tuesday, on the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection from contaminated cantaloupes at Colorado’s Jensen Farms. That imaginary photograph would have brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen from Jensen Farms; Will Steele and Amy Gates, the CEO and… Continue Reading

Top Food Safety Stories of 2011: No. 2

America’s most deadly incidence of foodborne illness in a century was 2011′s second-most important food safety story — the outbreak of listeriosis linked to whole cantaloupes from Jensen Farms, CO, that spread over 28 states, infecting 146 mostly elderly Americans. In its final report on the outbreak, issued Dec. 8, the Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading

Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak Ends As Most Deadly in 100 Years

A 28-state Listeria outbreak is over, with the sad distinction of being the most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness in the United States in 100 years. In the end, one out of every five of the victims died from the Listeria contamination spread by a locally grown but widely distributed variety of cantaloupes from Colorado…. Continue Reading

A Sixth Lawsuit Filed in Cantaloupe Outbreak

An Oklahoma man who was hospitalized for a month after eating cantaloupe has filed a lawsuit against the grower and the distributor whose melons are at the center of the national outbreak of Listeria infection. The suit was filed on behalf of Doyle Underwood, 68, of Smithville, OK, by the food safety law firm Marler… Continue Reading

Fourth Lawsuit Filed Against Jensen Farms

A fourth lawsuit has been filed against Colorado-based Jensen Farms, whose Rocky Ford cantaloupe has been identified as the source of a multistate Listeria outbreak. The lawsuit was filed in Canadian County District Court on behalf of the family of an Oklahoma man who died. The suit also names Frontera Produce, a Texas-based company that… Continue Reading

Listeria Outbreak Toll Rises

The deaths of a Nebraska man in his 80s and a 95-year-old Missouri woman, plus five cases of Listeria infection in Kansas, were confirmed Friday by state health departments, increasing the toll in the multistate outbreak caused by contaminated cantaloupes from Colorado’s Jensen Farms.   The confirmations bring the total number of people infected with… Continue Reading

Outbreak Listeria Found in Cantaloupes, Farm Equipment

Investigators found Listeria monocytogenes matching an outbreak strain in cantaloupe at a Denver-area store, and on equipment and cantaloupe at the Jensen Farms packing facility in Colorado, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday. Four deaths among 35 infections have now been confirmed in 10 states in the cantaloupe-caused Listeria outbreak, according to the… Continue Reading