Jensen Farms Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak

As of Sept. 29, 2011, 72 cases of listeria across 18 states have been linked to Jensen Farm cantaloupes. The chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number is expected to climb due to listeria’s long incubation period.

According to a Jensen Farm’s spokeswoman, 300,000 cases of cantaloupes were distributed to at least 25 states and overseas. The infected cantaloupes were recalled on Sept. 14, 2011.

The FDA said it is investigating the source of the contamination. The agency said it is testing every possible avenue, including animal carriers, the water supply and machinery.

Of the 72 confirmed cases, at least 13 people have died. The number of people to be affected is expected to increase over the next couple months.

Symptoms and Dangers of Listeria

According to reports, listeria outbreaks can be more dangerous than salmonella and other types of food borne illness. Approximately 30 percent of people that become infected will die. Listeria is especially dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly, and others who have impaired immune systems.

Symptoms of listeria can take up to two months to develop. They usually mimic those of the flu such as fever and body aches, and in some cases, gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and vomiting. If the infection reaches a person’s nervous system, he or she may experience headache, confusion and loss of balance.

According to the news, this listeria outbreak is the most deadly food borne illness that the U.S. has seen in 10 years. The CDC and other officials are asking people to throw away any suspect cantaloupes.

Contact a Listeria Attorney for Help

If you or a loved one has become sick due to exposure to listeria or another food borne illness, the food poisoning lawyers at AWKO Law can help you seek compensation. To schedule a review of your case, please contact us today.