On listeriosis outbreak Jensen Farms is recalling its whole shipments of Cantaloupe and also working with the State of Colorado and the FDA to inform consumers of this cantaloupe recall. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness called listerial gastroenteritis or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness called invasive listeriosis. The deadly infection linked to Rocky Ford cantaloupes have raised to at least 17 nationwide. People infected with the disease range in age from 38 to 96, with most over age 60. One person in Colorado has died of the infection.

The Jensen Farms cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29th, 2011 and September 10th 2011, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA. The whole cantaloupes 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.

People at high risk for listeriosis are those age 60 or older; those with weakened immune systems from transplants, chronic diseases, immunosuppressive therapies or medications; and pregnant women. Healthy adults under age 60 rarely develop the illness.

Health officials said people who have eaten Rocky Ford cantaloupes and develop symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea  which can take from a few days to a couple of months should go see their doctor.

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