An FDA press release announced that Jensen Farms, of Holly, Colorado is coordinating with the State of Colorado to voluntarily recall their shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe because of possible Listeria contamination.
The whole cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29, 2011 and September 10, 2011, and distributed to the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
The whole cantaloupes have 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. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, please contact your retail store for sourcing information. Jensen Farms is requesting any consumer that many have one of these cantaloupes to please destroy the products.
The recall involves only whole cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms, and no other commodities are involved. Jensen Farms feels it is prudent to participate in the recall as the State of Colorado has stated (in their September 12th, 2011 press release) that people at a high risk for infection should not eat whole cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford growing region.
The recall comes only shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that it was collaborating with public health officials in several states, including Colorado, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of listeriosis that has been linked to a type of cantaloupe, called Rocky Ford cantaloupes, which are grown in the Rocky Ford region of southeastern Colorado.
Consumers with questions may contact Jensen Farms via email at email@example.com or phone 1-800-267-4561 between the hours of 9am and 4pm MST.