Watch your melons.
Colorado cantaloupes have been linked to 4 deaths and 16 cases of Listeria, a potentially deadly bacterial infection.
The outbreak in Colorado, Texas, Indiana, Nebraska and Oklahoma is believed to have originated from the popular Rocky Ford cantaloupes, which are produced in the Arkansas Valley of Colorado.
Mark Salley, communications director at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said:
"We've had [more than 10] cases in Colorado since Aug. 1 that are now linked to the multi-state outbreak. Typically, Colorado sees about 10 cases of Listeria per year, so when we saw so many since Aug. 1, we knew that was significant and decided to look into the multi-state nature of the illness."
Although no official recall from the FDA has been ordered, Jensen Farms has already voluntarily recalled their shipment of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupes to states across the US.
Jensen Farms cantaloupes in question have a green and white sticker that reads "Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe" or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads "Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords".
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