CDC: Death toll from contaminated cantaloupe rises to 15
Jensen Farms in Colorado has recalled Rocky Ford whole cantaloupes that were shipped between July 29 and September 10.
September 30th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

CDC: Death toll from contaminated cantaloupe rises to 15

Two more people have been killed by consuming cantaloupe contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, raising the outbreak's death toll to 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The two additions to the death toll include one person in New Mexico and one in Colorado, according to the CDC. The totals are now five in New Mexico, three in Colorado,  one in Kansas, one in Maryland, one in Missouri, one in Nebraska, one in Oklahoma, and two in Texas.

Eighty-four illnesses in 19 states have been reported, the CDC said.

The outbreak was first reported September 12. It was traced to consumption of Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms' fields in Granada, Colorado. The farm has recalled Rocky Ford whole cantaloupes that were shipped between July 29 and September 10.

What you need to know about Listeria monocytogenes

The CDC says that the Jensen Farms cantaloupes are the only cantaloupes linked to the outbreak.

Separately, a  California lettuce grower has recalled 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine lettuce shipped to wholesale food service distributors after a random sample detected Listeria monocytogenes in one bag. No illnesses have been linked to the lettuce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

This is the deadliest outbreak of a food-borne illness since 1998, when 21 people died from consuming tainted hot dogs, according to CDC records.

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  1. banasy©

    @Colorado Kid:

    I have to agree with you there, a *lot* of crap here comes from your state.

    September 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colorado Kid

      It's OK for me to say it. I live here, you don't so please have some respect. This site is not for play.

      September 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Oh, lord, just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water....

    September 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Toxins

    It seems every time a vegetables gets infected with e coli or salmonella the media goes crazy, and now Listeria! Don't we realize that the vegetables don't create the disease, its the animals that transfer it to them through manure and dirty living conditions? Over 90% of chickens at stores are infected with e coli or salmonella. According to Dr. Micheal Greger, "Of 17 outbreaks noted during a 25-year period by CDC researchers, 8 were meat, 8 were dairy, and one was from coleslaw made from cabbage contaminated with infected sheep manure."

    http://nutritionfacts.org/blog/2011/09/30/cantaloupe-and-listeria-an-estimated-85-of-cases-are-from-deli-meats-not-melons/

    September 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      What makes you think people do not realize how the contamination occurs? There is no indication that people anywhere think the source is the vegetable. Give even the dimmest of us some credit. Growers have to stop using raw sewage or incompletely sanitized manure as fertilizers. Makes sure it has been properly "detoxed." Test that.

      September 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daria Olsen

    It could happen to anyone

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi075EqYjc4&w=640&h=360]

    September 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Colorado Kid

    Not me at 5:30. I know it's a troll, banasy, I'm glad you agree with me.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    death from cantaloupes = sad... death from lima beans = ironic..

    October 1, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    This reminds me of george lopez's stand-up. That the illegals hear all the stuff we say about them. Talked about one rubbing his/her crotch with lettuce they were picking, "put that on your burger, puto" lol

    October 1, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hmmm,
    Did we ever have such a DEATH TOLL back before we started spraying with pesticides?
    Is there too much Government here?

    October 1, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    it's all the illegal aliens sh1ting and pi$$ing in the fields..

    October 1, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dfrey

    WASH, WASH, WASH!!! If you have ONE Listeria monocytogenes bacteria on the out side of the cantaloupe on the out side of it. You cut it, give the bacteria food and in two hours you have 3.3 million Listeria m. bacteria in your cantaloupe, even in the refrig.

    I always put bleach water on the outside of my cantaloupe, let it stand for five minutes and it is safe. I am a food-safety student at Kansas State University.

    You are responsible to keep you food safe by using safe food practices.

    October 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @Dfrey:

    One would think that would be common sense, but with 15 dead, alas, it isn't so.
    Thank you for your post. I hope people read it and get educated.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    I'm not eating any cantaloupes, from Colorado or not, just to be on the safe side! This has been in the news for at least 10 days, why are people still eating them? Sometimes I don't understand us humans (myself least of all)! It's like the dude who swam in shark infested waters off the coast of So. Africa, he saw the warnings but decided to defy the odds & lost...a leg! We know listeria is on the cantaloupes from Colorado, we've been warned & still we eat them! Why do we do these things? As Mangi pointed out,16 people have lost their lives from eating fruit, that's crazy! Save a life, don't eat a cantaloupe!!

    October 1, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      dont be a baby... eat it.. live dangerously.. to live in fear is to not live at all!!!

      October 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Uh oh, seems the listeria contamination first make people into raving maniacs, frothing at their keyboards, like mad cow disease! Good to know!!

    October 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
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