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 150 people were sickened and almost one-third of those died from listeriosis and its complications. Their guilty pleas are part of an agreement with government prosecutors, which their attorneys say does not amount to an admission of any intentional wrongdoing. “The charges to which Ryan and Eric entered guilty pleads to do not imply any intentional wrongdoing or knowledge that the cantaloupes were contaminated,” their attorneys said in a statement. In their plea agreement, the Jensen brothers also agreed to cooperate with the government with truthful testimony and helping determine loss amounts for victim restitution. By pleading guilty, the brothers will receive significantly reduced sentences. Also, in exchange for the plea deal, attorneys for the government agreed not to seek any additional charges against the defendants. The brothers own Jensen Farms, a partnership that packed and shipped cantaloupes grown in southeastern Colorado near the Kansas border. After the deadly outbreak, they were forced into bankruptcy.