We have written in prior issues about the most serious listeria problems that have caused both deaths and illnesses. In early November, the death toll in an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe had reached 29. This came when federal health authorities said an eighth person has died in Colorado. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 139 persons have been sickened or killed in 28 states through November 3rd. While the tainted Colorado cantaloupes have been off store shelves for weeks, the symptoms of listeria can take up to two months to appear. That poses a serious problem. So far, deaths have also been reported in Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. As previously reported, Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., recalled the cantaloupes on September 14th.
Source: Associated Press
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