Cantaloupe food poisoning, 8 deadby Karyn Zoldan on Sep. 22, 2011, under Desert Locavore, Farmers Markets, Food Recalls
The benign cantaloupe is causing widespread food poisoning problems but mainstream media is not really reporting it.
What started in Colorado has now spread much like the food chain and food distribution to other states. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, at least 55 people across 14 states have been infected and eight have died in the deadly outbreak caused by Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe.
Arizona is one of the 17 states where known contaminated cantaloupes were shipped. However, the incubation period for the bacteria is about three weeks, although it can take as long as two months for listeriosis to develop after exposure to contaminated food.
Of the eight deaths confirmed so far, four were in New Mexico and two were in Colorado. Maryland and Oklahoma each have reported single fatalities.
Read more at Food Safety News
Buy your cantaloupes from local farmers. Allen’s Organics has the best cantaloupes that I’ve tasted all summer.