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Cantaloupe farmers arrested for listeria outbreak that killed 33

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Federal prosecutors arrested and charged two farmers, Ryan and Eric Jensen with various misdemeanors relating to a 2011 outbreak of listeria.
The Centers for Disease Control’s investigation concluded that 33 people died from outbreak associated cases of listeriosis and another 147 became sick as a result.

The contaminated cantaloupes were shipped by Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., from July 29 to Sept. 11, 2011 to at least 17 states. An FDA investigation showed that the likely source of the contamination could have been the washing and drying equipment.

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Listeria is a serious infection caused by eating a food contaminated with a bacteria. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, diarrhea or gastrointestinal problems.

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