Health
5:50 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Listeria Tainted Cantaloupe in Northwest Missouri

Another case of Listeria tainted cantaloupe has been identified in northwest Missouri.

Update from The Associated Press: Missouri health officials report the death of an 84-year-old who contracted listeriosis from contaminated cantaloupe traced to a Colorado farm.

The state Department of Health and Senior Services said Thursday the death was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's the sixth confirmed case of listeriosis in Missouri.

By Kirk Wayman (Maryville, Mo.)

State officials still aren’t identifying which community because of health privacy concern, but this makes the third listeriosis case in the northwest Missouri region out of five confirmed cases in the state.

This region includes Kansas City, St. Joseph, and surrounding towns.

All five victims have been hospitalized and one 94 year old patient died… although it’s questionable if that death was directly linked to the bacterial infection.

Missouri Department of Health spokesperson Jacqueline Lapine confirms all suspected cantaloupe are now out of Missouri stores- it’s up to you to check your fruit.

The recalled cantaloupes have green and white stickers on them that read "Colorado Fresh Rocky Ford" or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads "Jensen Farms Sweet Rocky Fords."

They say if your whole cantaloupe is unlabeled you should contact your store for sourcing information.