Rocky Ford cantaloupe


Wed March 19, 2014
Author Interviews

Unpacking Lessons From Colorado's Cantaloupe Listeria Scare

Rocky Ford, Colo. cantaloupe growers took a hit after news broke about a 2011 listeria outbreak.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When Colorado cantaloupe laden with the deadly pathogen listeria killed more than 30 people in 2011, shockwaves rippled throughout the food industry. The outbreak made one thing clear: huge cracks exist in the systems meant to keep our food safe to eat.

Denver Post reporters Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown set out to explore those conflicts within food safety in their new book Eating Dangerously.

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Tue October 22, 2013

Cantaloupe Farmers Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges

Cantaloupes were the culprit in a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed more than 30 people.
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The Colorado farmers who distributed cantaloupes infected with listeria two years ago pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges Tuesday. Jensen Farms, located outside Holly, Colo., was the source of the outbreak that killed 33 people nationwide.

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Wed August 14, 2013
The Salt

Listeria Outbreak Still Haunts Colorado's Cantaloupe Growers

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 11:48 am

A melon washing station sprays cantaloupes with clean water and sanitizer.
Kristin Kidd

Two years after cantaloupe were linked to one of the worst foodborne outbreaks in U.S. history, lawyers have filed a fresh round of lawsuits. Meanwhile, farmers are trying to win back customers after their signature crop was tarred by a broad brush.

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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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Tue April 30, 2013

The Curious Cases Of Contaminated Cantaloupes

Since 2007 there have been at least seven foodborne illness outbreaks tied to cantaloupe, according to the Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database.
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