Contaminated cantaloupe in La; linked to one death

Consumer Alert

POSTED: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 5:54pm

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) says cantaloupe contaminated with Listeria is in Louisiana. It’s already being blamed for one death in the state, unofficially.

A spokesperson for DHH says the only way for customers to know if they've got a recalled product is to check stickers on the whole cantaloupe.

The recalled 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”.

Dr. Raoult Ratard, with DHH warns, "It is important that people not eat the cantaloupe in question, particularly people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women. If anyone did eat this brand of cantaloupe recently and are concerned they should contact their physician immediately.”

Trouble tracking where all that contaminated fruit went after it left Jenson Farms lead to the delay in Louisianians being told we were at risk.

Doctors say the only way to avoid that risk is to buy local. The LSU Ag Center has an easier way to do just that.

It's a web site called Market Maker; it links farmers to customers over the internet.

So far there are about 700 vendors in Louisiana using the site, including grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers that grow or sell local seafood, meat, fruits and vegetables.

You can log onto Market Maker here


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