4 dead,15 sick after Listeria found in cantaloupe

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by STEVEN K. PAULSON

Associated Press

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 15 at 10:33 AM

DENVER (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat cantaloupes from a southeastern Colorado farm after the operation issued a voluntary recall.

Jensen Farms spokeswoman Amy Philpott said Thursday one of the farm's Rocky Ford cantaloupes tested positive for Listeria, but more tests are needed to determine if it's the same strain linked to an outbreak.

The tests were first reported by KMGH-TV (http://bit.ly/rsksgM ).

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention says one person died in Colorado and one in New Mexico, but New Mexico health officials blamed three deaths on listeriosis.

The cantaloupes were shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10 and distributed to Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com

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