Colorado Chief Medical Officer Chris Urbina said he understands the anger of other farmers who feel tarnished by the outbreak. However, health officials had to act on what they knew at the time — and the victims had reported eating cantaloupe from Rocky Ford, he said.
From the Colorado Springs Gazette: Rocky Ford takes brunt of listeria scare: 'It wasn't our product' From the story:
In most years, consumers swoon over the super-sweet Rocky Ford melons, snapping them up at farmers markets, roadside stands and grocery stores. But this year, a listeria outbreak has put a chill on the hot commodity, and even though the source of contamination was traced to cantaloupes grown on a farm near the Colorado-Kansas border two counties away, farmers in and around the town of Rocky Ford say they’ve been hurt by reports that “their” cantaloupes are the culprit.
TK: Federal authorities need to have answers as to how this happened. Failure in that mission does no good for establishing preventive controls or restoring public confidence in FDA's food safety oversight.