The listeria outbreak in Colorado cantaloupe was at the center of a food safety symposium at Colorado State University on Wednesday.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens.
A California company is issuing a voluntary recall of cantaloupes that may have been sold in Colorado.
The final tally of deaths associated with a 2011 listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado has increased to 33.
Nearly a year after tainted cantaloupes from southeast Colorado sickened hundreds and caused a nationwide melon scare, farmers in Rocky Ford are celebrating a strong crop and high prices.
Last summer 30 people died after eating tainted cantaloupe grown in Colorado. Only Jensen Farms was linked to the listeria outbreak, but the stigma has been tough to overcome for all Colorado cantaloupe growers.
Nearly a year after the nation’s deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in more than two decades, Colorado cantaloupes are back in supermarkets.
Rocky Ford cantaloupe arrive in Colorado grocery stores Friday, and farmers want consumers to know the melons are safe.
Jensen Farms has filed for bankruptcy. The company had been at the center of a deadly listeria outbreak last year.
Mike Hauser, 68, of Monument died Tuesday. That brings the total number of adult deaths to 34 people across the country. Several Coloradans are still suffering five months after the outbreak began.
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