EL PASO- In light of the recent multi-state outbreak of listeriosis, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is urging members of the community to take extra precautions in regards to eating cantaloupes.
Earlier this month the FDA announced a voluntary recall of Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms because of the potential of contamination. The fruit was shipped to at least 17 states, including Texas, from July 29 through September 10, 2011.
Anyone who has a cantaloupe from Jensen farms is advised to dispose of it in a closed plastic bag inside a sealed trash can. This will prevent people or animals from eating it. Cantaloupes included in the recall can be identified with either 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.
Even if some of the cantaloupe has been eaten without becoming ill, dispose of the rest of the cantaloupe immediately. Listeria bacteria can grow in the cantaloupe at room and refrigerator temperatures. If you cannot determine the origin of a cantaloupe you have, you are asked to contact the store where it was purchased for this information.
Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, and is considered an important public health problem in the United States. A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches. Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups.
For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/listeriosis/091411.html