Colorado Cantaloupe Growers Involved In Deadly Listeria Case Get Probation

Cantaloupe growers, brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen of Colorado-based Jensen Farms, were sentenced to five years of probation as well as six months of home detention, according to an article in The Denver Post.

In September, the Jensen brothers were arrested and charged with misdemeanors as a result of the 2011 Listeria outbreak that was traced back to melons from their farm. The tainted melons killed 33 people and more than 140 became ill.

It was in October 2011 when FDA confirmed the Listeria outbreak in cantaloupe was from Jensen Farms and was a result of the unsanitary practices in the packing shed. The Jensens filed for bankruptcy in May 2012.

In addition to probation, The Denver Post article states that brothers were ordered to each pay $150,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.

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Source: The Denver Post

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  1. When you ever buy organic foods which is essentially what the Jensens did. Did you ever see a warning label to wash the food with chlorine spray. No,, The USDA doesnt have a food safety program for organic foods or does OMRI or ATTRA.ORG. And he FDA has nothing to do with organic foods matter of fact the FDA states its dangerous to eat because of pathogens..

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