FDA to Release Report Detailing Listeria Outbreak Cause

Posted on October 14, 2011

The cause of the deadly outbreak of listeria from Jensen Farms cantaloupes will soon be detailed in a report issued by the Food and Drug Administration, according to recent news sources.

The outbreak was the deadliest in decades, killing 23 and sickening 116 others. Illnesses were reported in 25 different states.

The report will detail the “root cause” of the listeria outbreak. While no listeria germs were reported to be found on the farm where the cantaloupes were grown, the bacteria was found at the packing facility in Granada, Colorado.

The report released by the FDA will show the cause of the outbreak and also show how to avoid such outbreaks in the future.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause potentially life-threatening infection. Especially at risk are the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I hope that no one else will be sickened by the contaminated fruit. However, I also know that Listeria has an incubation period, and those who consume it can be affected up to four weeks after eating it. Please seek immediate medical attention if you experience the symptoms of Listeria infection. If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of eating this contaminated food, I advise that you contact a product liability lawyer as soon as possible.

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