October 22, 2011: CDC Updates Listeriosis Outbreak Statistics

Outbreak Update – In it’s latest update of the 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to Jensen Farms cantaloupes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, announced that as of October 17, 2011, a total of 123 persons infected with any of the four outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 26 states.

In addition, 25 deaths have been reported and one miscarriage has been confirmed in connection with the cantaloupe outbreak.

Cantaloupe Recall – The FDA announced on September 14, 2011, that Jensen Farms had issued a recall for it Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes after the melons had been linked to an ongoing nationwide listeriosis outbreak.  In addition, the FDA announced a recall for Carol’s Cuts fresh-cut cantaloupe and mixed fruit medley on September 23, 2011, and a recall for Fruit Fresh Up fresh cut cantaloupe and cut mixed fruit.  Both the Carol Cuts and Fruit Fresh Up products contained cantaloupe which had come from Jensen Farms.

Although it less likely that consumers will come into contact with the recalled Jensen Farms cantaloupes at this point in time, the CDC has asked consumers to exercise caution and avoid  eating Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes from Jensen Farms.  It is especially important that those individuals most susceptible to Listeria infection, older person, pregnant women, and persons who are immunocompromised, not eat the recalled Rocky Ford-brand Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms.

Listeria Infection – Listeriosis is a serious foodborne illness caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.  Please see About Listeria and Listeriosis Symptoms to learn more.

Listeria/Cantaloupe Lawsuits and Legal Help – Personal Injury Attorney Eric H. Weinberg is currently assisting individuals sickened in the listeriosis outbreak linked to contaminated Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes. For a free Listeria Lawsuit Evaluation, please submit the easy to use lawsuit evaluation form found on this page, or call us toll free at 877-934-6274.  Our phones are answered 24/7.

To learn more about the outbreak and litigation, please see Listeria Attorneys.

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