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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

The Food Safety News Top 10 News Stories of 2013

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Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Cause(s) of Death



A few years back, someone close to me died in California and I found myself helping the family deal with obtaining the state certificate of death. I remember being somewhat surprised to learn that California death certificates do not simply list a cause of death, as do some other states. An “immediate cause of death”… Continue Reading

Jensen Brothers Take Responsibility But Blame PrimusLabs


After first pleading not guilty last month to all charges, Eric and Ryan Jensen reached an agreement with federal prosecutors that tomorrow will see them plead guilty and agree to cooperate with the government in exchange for lighter sentences. The brothers will probably get an opportunity to provide testimony when they enter their pleas on… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: The Park Doctrine Resurrected



This past week, Eric Jensen, 37, and Ryan Jensen, 33, brothers who owned and operated Jensen Farms in Granada, CO, presented themselves to U.S. Marshals in Denver and were taken into custody on federal charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigation. The Information… Continue Reading

Emerging Pathogens: Listeria Threatens a Growing Senior Population


From August through October 2011, 147 people in 28 states were infected with Listeria monocytogenes after eating cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado. There were 33 deaths, and one pregnant woman had a miscarriage as a result, making it one of the deadliest outbreaks of foodborne illness in the U.S. in recent years. Apart from… Continue Reading

Jensen Brothers Plead Not Guilty to Six Federal Counts in Cantaloupe Case


UPDATE: Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen were brought into federal court in Denver on Thursday afternoon in shackles, but they walked out their arraignment as free men, at least until their trial. The two men pleaded not guilty on all counts and were released on a $100,000 unsecured bond, meaning that they don’t have to put… Continue Reading