October 19, 2011

CDC Notifies Missouri of Additional Confirmed Case of Listeriosis from Contaminated Cantaloupe

Jefferson City, Mo. - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today notified the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services of one additional confirmed case of Listeriosis in Missouri associated with the national recall of cantaloupe produced by Jensen Farms, of Holly, Colo.

A total of five Listeriosis cases in Missouri have been confirmed by the CDC as linked to the recalled cantaloupe. The latest case is the third to occur in the Northwest District. The other two cases occurred in the Eastern and Southwest Districts. All five cases were 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. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, please contact your retail store for sourcing information. Consumers who may have one of these cantaloupe should throw it away.

State and local health officials across Missouri continue to search for additional contaminated cantaloupe still for sale, but at this point have not found any of the contaminated product still on the shelves.

To read the original recall notice, visit health.mo.gov.