Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 were sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and six months of home detention.
Criminal charges against two cantaloupe farmers over a deadly food-borne illness send an emphatic message to fruit and vegetable growers to crack down on safety, federal regulators said Friday.
Farmers are starting their harvest of Rocky Ford cantaloupes.
A California company is voluntarily recalling cantaloupes in several states, including Colorado, because of possible salmonella contamination.
A California company is issuing a voluntary recall of cantaloupes that may have been sold in Colorado.
The governor’s annual forum on Colorado agriculture is featuring discussions on food safety and how to reduce outbreaks.
As many as 14 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, health officials say — a death toll that would make the food outbreak the deadliest in more than a decade.
The Colorado-based listeria outbreak is quickly becoming one of the deadliest foodborne illnesses in recent U.S. history.
Rocky Ford farmers say cantaloupes aren’t the only crop that suffered a hit from a multistate listeria outbreak that has killed at least four people.