The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services of two additional confirmed cases of Listeriosis in Missouri associated with the national recall of cantaloupe produced by Jensen Farms, of Holly, Colo.
That brings the total of three Listeriosis cases in Missouri that have been confirmed by the CDC as linked to the recalled cantaloupe. All three cases have been hospitalized; one individual, age 94, has died. According to local medical officials, the immediate cause of death was not the Listeriosis infection.
The whole cantaloupe in question were shipped nationwide between July 29 and Sept. 10, 2011. The whole cantaloupe 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.
The CDC reminds Missourians that if the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, consumers can contact their retail store to see where it came from. “If in doubt, throw it out.”
Officials have not found any of the contaminated melons still on the shelves.
Visit www.health.mo.gov for more.