Listeriosis outbreak prompts recall by Colo. cantaloupe grower

Frontera Produce, Jensen Farms crate of Rocky Ford Cantaloupes AP

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Frontera Produce, Jensen Farms crate of Rocky Ford Cantaloupes
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Jensen Farms, in Holly, Colo., issued a voluntary recall for its Rocky Ford cantaloupes, after one in a store tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, KMGH-TV in Denver, reported.

The outbreak has claimed four lives and sickened more than two dozen people in 7 states.

The cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10 and distributed throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Consumers should check for labels that say "Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado," or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: "Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords." If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, contact the store where you bought it to check. Consumers who may have one of these cantaloupes should discard it, Jensen Farms requested.

The FDA recommends putting cantaloupes in a sealed plastic bag before placing them in the trash.

Questions? Contact Jensen Farms at recall@rfordcantaloupe.com or phone 1-800-267-4561 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Click here to learn more about listeriosis.

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