cantaloupelawsuit.bmpThe Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed that two elderly women who died of listerosis this month were infected with the same strain of Listeria found in the recalled cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado. 

The cantaloupe Listeria outbreak, which is now the 2nd deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in US history, has sickened 112 people and killed 23, including the families of 6 who have sued Jensen Farms and Frontera Produce Ltd., the distributor. 

This is the first cantaloupe Listeria outbreak, but it is far from the first cantaloupe outbreak.  Here is a link to information about 22 other foodpoisoning outbreaks linked to cantaloupes and Salmonella, E. coli and other bad bugs.