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The following health alert is from the FDA on September 29, 2011.
Jensen Farms of Holly, CO is including whole cantaloupes shipped to the states of Indiana, Louisiana and Wisconsin in its September 14th recall notification.

The following health alert is from the Denver Post on September 23, 2011.
The FDA said an audit of customer records found Jensen cantaloupe was shipped to 22 states, not just the 17 mentioned in the farm's recall. Eight people have now died in the listeria outbreak that began in Colorado, of at least 56 people who have fallen ill from the ailment nationwide.
The new states added to the shipping list Thursday are AR, CA, ID, OH and OK. The states already mentioned in the recall are AZ, CO, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT and WY.
FDA officials said they are conducting a "root-cause investigation and environmental assessment" at the Jensen farm, near Holly and the Colorado-Kansas border. Labs matched listeria DNA from those stricken and grocery-store cantaloupe to machinery and stored cantaloupe at Jensen. Now, investigators are reviewing and sampling everything from field soil to growing and cooling temperatures as they search for the original spot of contamination.


The following health alert is from the CFIA on September 19, 2011.
Certain cantaloupes purchased at Food Basics store located on Sheppard Ave East, North York, Ontario on September 12, 2011 may contain salmonella bacteria. The affected cantaloupes were sold unwrapped. There is no lot code sticker, UPC or product name on the individual cantaloupes.


The following health alert is from the FDA ThePacker.com on September 14, 2011.

Jensen Farms, of Holly, CO is voluntarily recalling their shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. The company is working with the State of Colorado and the FDA to inform consumers of this recall.
The whole cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29th, 2011 and September 10th 2011, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA. The whole cantaloupes have a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, please contact your retail store for sourcing information. Jensen Farms is requesting any consumer that many have one of these cantaloupes to please destroy the products. The recall involves only whole cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms, and no other commodities are involved. Jensen Farms feels it is prudent to participate in the recall as the State of Colorado has stated (in their September 12th, 2011 press release) that people at a high risk for infection should not eat whole cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford growing region.
Consumers with questions may contact Jensen Farms via email at recall@rfordcantaloupe.com or phone 1-800-267-4561 between the hours of 9am and 4pm MST.

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