DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s cantaloupe farmers say they fear it will take time for people to feel safe eating Rocky Ford melons because of the deadly listeria outbreak linked to one farm.
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that melons at Jensen Farms in Holly were likely contaminated in a packing house that was using secondhand equipment.READ MORE: Demand For COVID Testing Increases With Arrival Of Omicron Variant
In Rocky Ford, farmer Eric Hanagan fears cantaloupe sales will drop next year, and he plans to plant about 50 percent less.
But he says he isn’t angry at Jensen Farms, and he notes that buying used equipment from other farms is common practice.READ MORE: Long Hauler Recovers: COVID-19 Patient Goes Home After 158 Days In Hospital
State Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar says his department will work to reassure consumers about Colorado cantaloupe and to develop best practices for farmers for packing.State Lawmakers Vow Change After Allegations Of Funeral Homes Selling Body Parts, Giving Families False Cremains
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