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Death toll in cantaloupe outbreak rises to 8

A listeria outbreak has been traced to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo.
September 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A listeria outbreak traced to Colorado-grown cantaloupes has claimed another life.

A person in Maryland died Wednesday from eating the tainted produce, bringing the death count to eight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 55 people in 14 states, including California, have become ill from eating the cantaloupes.

The illnesses have been traced to Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo. The company said it's investigating the source of the problem.

Jensen Farms said the recalled Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes were shipped from July 29 through Sept. 10 to Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The FDA said it is possible the company distributed to other states as well.

The recalled cantaloupe may be labeled "Colorado Grown," "Distributed by Frontera Produce," "Jensenfarms.com" or "Sweet Rocky Fords." Not all of the recalled cantaloupes are labeled with a sticker, the FDA said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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