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  1. Dirty Equipment Likely Led to Listeria Outbreak

    Oct. 19, 2011 -- Results of an investigation by state and federal health officials have shed light on how cantaloupes grown by a Colorado farm became contaminated with deadly listeria bacteria. Investigators say dirty, corroded equipment, unsanitary conditions, and unsafe food handling practices at

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  2. 2 More Deaths in Listeria/Cantaloupe Outbreak

    Oct. 12, 2011 -- Two more deaths have been reported in the ongoing outbreak of listeria food poisoning from Colorado cantaloupes. As of Oct. 11, the CDC received reports of 23 deaths among 116 people infected with one of the four outbreak-related strains of Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria can c

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  3. Listeria Outbreak Now 2nd Largest in U.S. History

    Oct. 10, 2011 -- The current listeria outbreak from cantaloupes is now the second largest in U.S. history. The toll now stands at 109 cases and 21 deaths. A pregnant Iowa woman miscarried due to cantaloupe-linked listeria infection. A person infected with listeria may take up to two months to develo

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  4. 18 Deaths, 100 Cases in Listeria/Cantaloupe Outbreak

    Oct. 4, 2011 -- Eighteen people now are confirmed dead in the ongoing listeria outbreak from contaminated cantaloupes. The CDC confirms that 100 people in 20 states have been infected with one of the four outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria frequently causes miscarriage, stillbirth,

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  5. Listeria: Are You at Risk?

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Are you at risk from listeria, the deadly bacteria now in the news? The death toll is rising in the ongoing outbreak from contaminated cantaloupe. It's now the largest outbreak of food-borne illness in more than a decade. Suddenly the spotlight is on listeria. What is it? Where is

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  6. Ground Beef Recalled in 14 States

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- A potential E. coli 0157:H7 contamination has spurred the recall of over 130,000 pounds of ground beef products. On Sept. 27, the USDA issued a Class 1 recall of ground beef products shipped from Emporia, Kan., by Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. to 14 states. A Class 1 recall is the highest

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  7. Listeria in Cantaloupes: Deadliest Outbreak in a Decade

    Sept. 28, 2011 -- The CDC says 72 people have been sickened and 13 have died as a result of eating cantaloupes tainted with listeria bacteria, making it the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. in a decade. State officials say they are investigating three more deaths -- one each in N

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  8. Listeria Prompts Romaine Lettuce Recall

    Sept. 30, 2011 -- Listeria may contaminate bagged chopped or shredded romaine lettuce shipped to distributors in 21 states. No illnesses linked to the lettuce have been reported. There does not appear to be any link to the ongoing outbreak of listeria in Colorado cantaloupes. True Leaf Farms of Sali

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  9. 8 Dead From Listeria-Contaminated Cantaloupes

    Sept. 21, 2011 -- Eight people have died in the ongoing outbreak of listeria food poisoning from Colorado cantaloupes. There have been four deaths in New Mexico, two in Colorado, one in Maryland, and one in Oklahoma. The CDC now has 55 reported illnesses from 14 states:  California (1 case) Colorado

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  10. Death Toll Rises From Listeria in Cantaloupes

    Sept. 20, 2011 -- Four people are confirmed dead -- with three more deaths under investigation -- in the ongoing outbreak of listeria food poisoning from contaminated cantaloupes. The CDC's official count has grown to 35 cases in 10 states. In every case where medical records are available, people i

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