9/15 Update: Since this posting, the listeria contamination has been confirmed and linked to illness in 22 people in seven states. These cantaloupes are also possibly linked to four deaths.
Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe is being voluntarily recalled by Jensen Farms due to possible Listeria contamination.
According to the FDA, the whole cantaloupes were shipped from July 29th through September 10th and distributed in IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA.
The cantaloupes are labeled: “Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe” or have a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: “Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords.”
For unlabeled cantaloupe, the FDA recommends that you check with your grocer.
L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that may cause a form of gastroenteritis with symptoms like diarrhea and fever. It may also cause a more severe illness called “invasive listeriosis”–which can lead to meningitis or encephalitis.
If you have the potentially tainted cantaloupe, please do not eat it.
If you have questions about the recall, please email Jensen Farms at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at 1-800-267-4561 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. MST.