Rocky Ford cantaloupes: Caught in the crossfire - The Packer

Rocky Ford cantaloupes: Caught in the crossfire

09/18/2011 11:11:00 PM
Tom Karst


Texas (2 sick) - Two people from Texas have become ill after consuming Rocky Ford cantaloupe.


West Virginia (1 sick) – One ill.  State not listed as receiving Jensen Cantaloupes


Wyoming (1 sick) – According to press reports, Wyoming state health officials say a Laramie County man has fallen ill with a case of listeriosis believed to be related to contaminated cantaloupes from Colorado.

TK:More headlines on the outbreak...

The Packer: Jensen Farms, Frontera cooperate in cantaloupe recall


FDA recall release

CDC page: Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Rocky Ford Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms

From Medical Daily: Listeria Outbreak in Cantaloupes is Extraordinary: Experts Jim Gorny quoted in this piece about the unusual appearance of listeria on cantaloupe

From Washington Post: Colorado farmers worry that Listeria outbreak has ruined prime selling season   As usual, innocent farmers get caught in crossfire.. From the story:

Bartolo said the “Rocky Ford cantaloupes” name has no legal protection, such as the strict legal definition of a Vidalia onion, to prevent farmers outside the region from using the name. In fact, he said, Rocky Ford was a major melon-seed producer from the 1900s to 1940s, selling melon seeds nationwide under the name “Rocky Ford” or “Rocky Sweets,” so there may be cantaloupes from far away sold under the name.

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Bill Marler  |  September, 19, 2011 at 08:50 AM

"for what it is worth". Well Tom, you could have done the research. FYI, you forgot the introduction: Seven deaths among as many as 49 illnesses are being investigated and may be linked to Listeria-tainted cantaloupes traced to Jensen Farms in Holly, CO, according to a review of state health department websites and media reports this weekend. Perhaps you can explain to your readers the use of the "for that it is worth comment."

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