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.
Rocky Ford cantaloupe arrive in Colorado grocery stores Friday, and farmers want consumers to know the melons are safe.
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.
Colorado cantaloupe growers are pleading with the state to help them restore the public’s trust in the melons.
A pilot project in Colorado’s Arkansas Valley seeks to break a “buy and dry” trend in which thirsty cities buy water rights from farmers desperate for cash in times of severe drought.
The Food and Drug Administration will be at Jensen Farms later this week to try to determine how the melons got contaminated.
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.
A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state’s melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined.
A couple from Colorado Springs has filed a lawsuit against Jensen Farms and Walmart after they were sickened after eating cantaloupe that may be linked to the listeria outbreak.
The listeria outbreak has been tied to Rocky Ford Cantaloupe. There have been 27 cases reported in six states. Four people have died.