The third-party food safety auditor that gave a passing review to Jensen Farms just weeks before its cantaloupe caused a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2011 also gave a positive audit to the farm that shipped romaine lettuce implicated in a more recent E. coli outbreak tied to Trader Joe’s branded salads, according to documents obtained…

As the result of numerous national and international outbreaks of foodborne illness, food industries worldwide have come under increasing pressure to ensure that their products are safe, wholesome and meet government standards. FDA and USDA have the primary authority for our food supply nationally, while individual states typically regulate local food operations through state and…

It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation stems from one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. At least 147 people were sickened, and…

It was called an unusual move last year when the Colorado cantaloupe growers who relied upon the Primus Group sued their third-party food-safety auditor, claiming that the inspector the company sent them provided misleading advice and “erroneously” represented himself as having “professional” expertise. Last week, however, a third-party auditor being sued over an outbreak of…

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…

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…

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

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”…

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…