draggonlaady: (Teddy)
For cantaloupe to start attacking people. Listeria again this year. I'd be much more heartbroken if it was watermelon, I admit, but still... I understand some of you folks actually like cantaloupe, so figured I should pass on the warning.

Last August, it was salmonella.

2011 was listeria, and an outbreak that took months to trace and sickened hundreds.

Redeux

Aug. 17th, 2012 05:54 pm
draggonlaady: (Nice Girl)
Canaloupe is killing people again this year. What the fuck is wrong with the industry that this isn't getting fixed, and why the hell are people still eating this? (Guess I'm biased, in that I'm not terribly fond of cantaloupe to start with, but just last summer, this melon was the source of the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in US history...)
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Hopefully this'll be the last thing I post about it.

Federal investigators have identified dirty equipment, faulty sanitation and bad storage practices at a Colorado farm as the likely cause of a cantaloupe listeria outbreak that has killed 25 people, [and] top U.S. food safety experts say there's one actor in this deadly drama that shouldn't be blamed: The consumer. . . . Federal Food and Drug Administration officials reported Wednesday that standing pools of water, inaccessible drains, hard-to-clean equipment and failure to cool cantaloupes fresh from the field before placing them in cold storage all likely contributed to the growth and spread of four strains of listeria bacteria at the Jensen Farms packing site in Granada, Colo.
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The always helpful Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned the public this morning not to eat cantaloupes sold from Food Basics, located at 2452 Sheppard Ave. E., North York (that’s near Toronto), Ontario on September 12, 2011 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

No word on where the cantaloupes originated, why the warning was issued, if there was a positive salmonella test, or who did the testing.

Even more helpful, the affected cantaloupes were sold unwrapped. There is no lot code sticker, UPC or product name on the individual cantaloupes.

The retailer, Metro Ontario Inc, Etobicoke, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.
draggonlaady: (Default)
Jenson Farms has recalled its cantaloupes after testing positive for the outbreak strain of Listeria. Other farms have so far tested negative.

Del Bueno of Grandview, Washington is recalling all 16oz. size packages of Queso Fresco Casero Fresh Cheese with a date stamp of September 14, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses associated; it was found during routine testing.
draggonlaady: (Grinding Bones)
Which helps with spreading Listeria, to Wyoming, and possibly/probably to Missouri.
Of course, I guess not as many people would care if outbreaks centered around unpopular food, right?
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Not just Colorado anymore. 3 people in New Mexico are dead and 6 more ill. 12 people in Colorado, Texas and Nebraska have been sickened and two others from those states have died.
draggonlaady: (Default)
So a week ago, I posted that there's a listeria outbreak in Colorado. People were warned to avoid deli meats, unpasteurized dairy, etc. Turns out, this one goes to the fruits instead. Cantaloupe is (once again) making the news for making people sick. "Cantaloupe's always in the top five of fresh fruits and vegetables for outbreaks," says Doug Powell, professor and food safety expert at Kansas State University. For more info on why, go here.

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