September 21, 2011

CDC Notifies Missouri of Two Confirmed Cases of Listeriosis from Contaminated Cantaloupe

State health officials have found no contaminated cantaloupe still for sale in Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo. - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today notified the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that two confirmed cases of Listeria in southwest Missouri are associated with the national recall of cantaloupe produced by Jensen Farms, of Holly, Colo.

A total of five Listeria cases in Missouri have been referred to the CDC for testing because they were identified during the period associated with the recalled cantaloupe. Of the two cases confirmed today as linked to the recalled cantaloupe, one individual, age 94, has died, but the cause of death has not been determined at this time. Of the remaining three Listeria cases, two have been identified by the CDC as not of the strain associated with the recalled cantaloupe, while the remaining one case is still being tested by the CDC.

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