News Releases

September 22, 2011

CDC Revises Number of Missouri Cases of Listeriosis from Contaminated Cantaloupe

CDC Changes Number of Cases from Two to One Case

Jefferson City, Mo. - This morning, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that the CDC is revising the number of Listeriosis cases in Missouri that are associated with the national recall of cantaloupe produced by Jensen Farms, of Holly, Colo.  The correct number of cases is one, not two, which was originally reported to the DHSS yesterday by the CDC.

The one case in Southwestern Missouri associated with the outbreak is a 94-year-old individual, who has died.  According to local medical officials, the immediate cause of death was not Listeria infection.

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 remaining four Listeria cases, three 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.

For more information, visit health.mo.gov.

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