Listeria Cantaloupe Recall & Contamination?

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
The bug has been found in several samples of cantaloupe being sold in the United States and there was a recall. Apparently there's an outbreak all over the country.
Listeria infection can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women and old people.
How can I tell which cantaloupes have been affected by the Listeria contamination recall? In which part of the country is people getting sick due to Listeria?

asked by Walt in Diseases & Conditions | 2652 views | 09-20-2011 at 11:16 PM

Listeria samples from the human cases matched cantaloupes from Jensen Farms.
A number of listeria-infected cantaloupe crops were recalled last week but that didn't solve the problem. Illnesses and deaths grew to 35 and four respectively, in 10 states.
The recalled cantaloupes were shipped from July 29 through September 10 to at least 17 states with possible further distribution.
About 800 cases of listeria are found in the United States each year, most of the outbreaks are traced to deli meat and soft cheeses.

answered by Duncan | 09-20-2011 at 11:18 PM

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