Tue January 28, 2014

Cantaloupe Farmers Get Probation Over Deadly Listeria Outbreak

Eric Jensen, right and Ryan Jensen, brothers who owned and operated Jensen Farms, arrive at the federal courthouse in Denver in January of 2014.
Ed Andrieski AP

Two cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 2011 outbreak of listeria that killed 33 people, were sentenced on Tuesday to five years probation and six months of home detention.

The AP reports:

"A federal magistrate also ordered brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen to each pay $150,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service. Each read a statement in which they apologized but didn't show any emotion during the hearing.

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Tue May 7, 2013

Repairing Cantaloupe's Image After Deadly Outbreaks

Roadside produce markets like this one will sit quietly until the first cantaloupe is harvested in late July.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Drive into the small southeastern Colorado community of Rocky Ford and it’s clear the very character of the town is tied to cantaloupe.

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Sun August 19, 2012

Rocky Ford Melon Growers Rebound

North American Cantaloupes
USDA Wikimedia Commons


Thu August 16, 2012

Little Accountability In Food Safety Audits

United States Department of Agriculture

The deadly listeria outbreak at Jensen Farms last fall illustrates wider failures in the private food safety auditing industry, an industry which operates with little government oversight.

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Wed August 15, 2012
Listeria Outbreak: One Year Later

Charges Loom As Jensen Farms Listeria Investigation Nears End

United States Department of Agriculture

Federal prosecutors are close to concluding a criminal investigation into last fall’s deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms, the I-News Network has learned.

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