Final listeria death toll stands at 30 - The Packer

Final listeria death toll stands at 30

12/09/2011 03:01:00 PM
Andy Nelson

The final toll of people who died from eating Colorado-grown cantaloupe infected with listeria is 30, according to a Dec. 8 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

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Texas Mike    
Texas  |  December, 09, 2011 at 08:59 PM

Exactly why Will Steele needs to file chapter 7, step down or at the very least guarantee each of the victims $2 million dollars. $60-$100 million needs to be paid by Frontera and Jensen

Florida Steve    
Florida  |  December, 12, 2011 at 09:48 AM

What is exactly why??? Frontera dealt with a company who had passed an audit. How were they negligent? You have worked out a detailled settlement, I'm sure you have details of their negligence to back it up.

Yuma AZ  |  December, 10, 2011 at 10:12 AM

There sould be a larg amount of blame placed on the company that gave the farm there high grade on there inspection. Unless we have compitant inspectors the inspections are worthless. I feel that the person who did the inspection and firm sould bear atleast the bulk of the blame. This is what they are supose to prevent not just collect a fee and move on to the next one. I am sure they were paid good money for there services and therfore sould be at the top of the list !! Most inspectors that I have had experiance with do not have a clue as to what they are even looking at when visiting a farm much less how to ask the right questions there education is very limited from what I have sean. Also there needs be unanounced inspections so the opperation just does not have a show day for the in spectors. the food safety needs to be realy practiced not just on that one day of inspection.

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