Cantaloupes contaminated with listeria have resulted in at least 13 deaths in eight states, according to public health authorities.
The cantaloupes, marketed as the “Rocky Ford” variety, were part of a recall earlier this month. The cantaloupes are distributed by Colorado-based Jensen Farms throughout the country.
This is believed to be among the deadliest outbreaks of food-borne illness in U.S. history.
Listeria is a dangerous bacteria that can serious illness, particularly in people who are elderly, very young or who have immune system problems. Most of those who have died in this outbreak were older than 60.
Listeria is also known to cause miscarriages.
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