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More Deaths Resulting From Listeria Outbreak Linked To Cantaloupes

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Ugh! More bad news on the listeria infected cantaloupe front.

3 more people have lost their lives after eating contaminated Rocky Ford brand cantaloupes from Jensen Farms of Granada, Colorado. The total death toll as a result is now 18 people, with the CDC reporting at least 100 cases of listeria in 20 states.

Unfortunately, this listeria outbreak is the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in the United States since 1998.

Do yourself a favor and toss any cantaloupes from Jensen Farms if you have not done so already.

If you don't see a sticker displaying where the the fruit came from, DO NOT take the chance and throw it out!

It's better to be safe than sorry!

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Colorado Cantaloupes Linked To Listeria Deaths

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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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