Feds charge Jensen Farms over 2011 listeria-cantaloupe outbreak


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(CBS News) – Jensen Farms made headlines in 2011 when its sweet Rocky Ford cantaloupes were linked to a deadly listeria outbreak.

Now the farm’s owners are facing federal charges for their role in the outbreak that killed 33 people and was linked to one miscarriage, in addition to sickening 147 people nationwide. The company, based in Colorado, later filed for bankruptcy.

On Thursday, owners Eric and Ryan Jensen turned themselves in to U.S. Marshals in Denver where they were taken into custody and brought up on charges, according to a press release issued by John Walsh, U.S. Attorney of the District of Colorado. They are charged with allegedly introducing cantaloupes containing the poisonous listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Also, the cantaloupes were “prepared, packed and held under conditions which rendered it injurious to health,” the complaint added.

The Jensen brothers were charged with six counts of adulteration of a food and aiding and abetting. If convicted, each faces one year in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 per charge.

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