In all, 146 people from 28 states were sickened by the outbreak, which was traced to Granada, Colo.-based Jensen Farms. In addition to the 30 people who died, a pregnant woman’s miscarriage was linked to the outbreak.
The average age of those who died was 83. The youngest person who died was 48, the oldest 96.
The average age of those sickened was 77. The youngest person sickened was under 1, the oldest 96.
The state where the most people fell ill was Colorado, with 40. Eighteen people were sickened in Texas, 12 in Oklahoma and 11 in Kansas.
Based on the results of an inspection of Jensen Farms Sept. 22-23, the Food and Drug Administration determined that unsanitary conditions at the company’s packing facility were likely contributors to the outbreak.
About 20 Colorado cantaloupe growers met with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar on Nov. 14 to discuss how to recover from the outbreak and to prevent future outbreaks.
After the meeting, growers announced plans to set up an organization of growers by Jan. 1. One goal of the organization could be to develop certification programs for cantaloupes grown in the state’s Rocky Ford region.