Two Arrested in 2011 Listeria Epidemic

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two people have been arrested in connection with the 2011 deadly cantaloupe Listeria epidemic.

Brothers, Eric and Ryan Jensen owned the Colorado cantaloupe farm at the center of the investigation. The FDA says the melons were likely contaminated in the Jensen Farms’ packing house.

The agency concluded dirty water on the floor and old, hard to clean equipment were probably to blame.

According to the CDC, people in 28-states ate the contaminated fruit. 33 people died from the contamination.

The Jensens are charged with introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. They could each face up to six-years in prison if convicted.

Only four other people have faced such charges in the past 10-years.

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