Cantaloupe listeria lawyer

September 16, 2011 @ 12:27 PM -- by

As a cantaloupe listeria lawyer, I am keeping up with the latest in this terrible outbreak. The tainted cantaloupe in question came from Jensen Farm's in Holly, Colorado. Jensen’s Farms has voluntarily recalled more than 300,000 cases of cantaloupe in seventeen states this week because of the potential listeria contamination. These states include Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The United States Center for Disease Control ("CDC") stated that the 22 people infected in this cantaloupe outbreak are in seven states: Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Indiana, Nebraska, and New Mexico.

John Salazar, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner, asserted that the contamination might not be the cantaloupes, but from a truck or other as yet unknown source. Colorado Environmental Health Bureau inspectors were collecting various cantaloupe samples from distributers and grocery stores across the state for laboratory analysis.

Although the United States Food & Drug Administration has not announced a recall on the cantaloupe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the outbreak started from the popular Rocky Ford cantaloupes, which are produced in the Arkansas Valley of Colorado.

The Jensen Farms whole cantaloupes which have been recalled have a white and green that says:

"Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords."

Listeriosis is a very serious and rare illness which mostly affects older adults, newborns, pregnant women, and those who have compromised immune systems. The symptoms include confusion, diarrhea, fever and. The infection usually spreads to the person’s gastrointestinal tract, and, as such, it can cause stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women.

Preventing Listeria from being as a food illness involves the proper effective sanitation of food contact surfaces. Alcohol is an effective topical sanitizer against the illness. Antibiotics which have been found to be effective against Listeria species include ampicillin, linezolid, ciprofloxacin, and azithromycin.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, the FDA released a statement saying that the FDA is working closely with the CDC and various state health officials to investigate this multi-state listeriosis outbreak. Most FDA recalls are voluntary. However, since January 2011, the FDA may require a recall through the Food Safety Modernization Act. For a recall to be requested or ordered by the FDA, the agency must identify the products involved and have at least SOME evidence that there is a "reasonable probability that an article of food . . . will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals."

Cantaloupes are the most recent food to be shown to be a source of potential illness. Cucumbers, ground turkey and eggs have all been shown to spread infections in the last few months.

Contact cantaloupe listeria lawyer Scott Nelson if you or a loved one has listeriosis and needs legal advice. Mr. Nelson practices throughout the country.