California Spared from Recent Outbreak of Food-Borne Infection

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victor Valley) – High Desert residents have no need to worry about contaminated cantaloupes that have been linked to a nationwide outbreak of illnesses.  The California Department of Public Health has announced that none of the contaminated cantaloupes have been distributed in California.

One Californian is reported ill, but where the product was purchased is unknown.

At least 13 people have died in the U.S. from listeria infections linked to cantaloupes grown in Colorado, making it the most deadly U.S. outbreak of food-borne infection since 1998, authorities said.

Seventy-two people in 18 states have become ill with listeriosis traced to contaminated cantaloupe, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement posted on its website.

The melons involved in the current outbreak, from Colorado’s Rocky Ford region shipped by Jensen Farms, were recalled on Sept. 14th.

For more information visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services information website http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/CORENetwork/ucm272372.htm

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