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.
Criminal charges have been filed in the 2011 listeria outbreak from cantaloupe that killed more than 30 people across the country.
An attorney plans to file dozens more lawsuits for victims of contaminated cantaloupe from Jensen Farms two years ago.
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 voluntarily recalling cantaloupes in several states, including Colorado, because of possible salmonella contamination.
The final tally of deaths associated with a 2011 listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado has increased to 33.
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.
A settlement is in the works in lawsuits against a Colorado farm identified as the source of a nationwide listeria outbreak last fall that killed at least 30 people, attorneys said Monday.
Jensen Farms has filed for bankruptcy. The company had been at the center of a deadly listeria outbreak last year.