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Sep 3, 2013 12:30 PM by Kate Tripp

Kansas families plan to sue Colorado farms for 2011 listeria outbreak

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The families of two Sedgwick County victims of a 2011 listeria outbreak are suing companies involved in getting tainted cantaloupe to market from a Colorado farm.

The Wichita Eagle reports families of a 59-year-old Wichita man who died of the disease in September 2011 and a Haysville woman who still suffers from the illness filed lawsuits last month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the listeriosis outbreak that killed 33 people in 28 states lasted from August to October 2011 was traced to Jensen Farms of Holly, Colo.

Both suits charge negligence against a Texas company that sold the cantaloupe, a California company involved in auditing the farm, and the respective grocery stores where the victims purchased the fruit.

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