Content Tagged As cantaloupe

1 year 6 months ago

Regulators cracking down on cantaloupe farmers

DENVER (AP) - Federal regulators and state inspectors have issued warnings to cantaloupe farmers and packers that they will be testing melons for pathogens this year after two years of illness and recalls in the industry. A 2011 listeria outbreak traced to Colorado's Jensen Farms killed 33 people. Another outbreak...

2 years 10 months ago

Another Colorado death from Listeria

DENVER (AP) - The death toll in an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe has reached 29 after federal health authorities say an eighth person has died in Colorado. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 139 people have been sickened or killed in 28 states. ...

3 years 5 hours ago

Rocky Ford farmers trying to clear their name

Farmers in Rocky Ford are scrambling to clear their name after a listeria scare was mistakenly linked to the area. Health Department memos claimed the tainted cantaloupes were from the "Rocky Ford Region". Just recently it's been learned that the cantaloupes in question were actually from the Jensen Farms...

3 years 4 days ago

FDA, CDC investigate listeriosis outbreak's source

DENVER (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the source of contaminated cantaloupe blamed for a multistate listeriosis outbreak. Several Colorado grocery stores have removed cantaloupe from shelves, though there has been no official recall. More than...

3 years 5 days ago

Rocky Ford weathering Listeria outbreak

It's a town known for its mouth watering cantaloupe and juicy watermelons. But lately, this melon capital has been in the spotlight for a different reason. Four deaths in Colorado and New Mexico have a possible connection to Rocky Ford cantaloupes. "I've had three people so far that didn't...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Otero County gets disaster designation

Gov. Bill Ritter announced Tuesday that Otero and Montrose counties have been designated primary federal disaster areas due to severe frost, freezing temperatures, and high winds that caused significant damage to melon and cherry crops. Ten other counties were designated contiguous disaster areas. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the disaster...

4 years 1 month ago

Governor requests help for melon farmers

Gov. Bill Ritter Friday announced he has requested federal disaster assistance for Otero and Montrose counties where freezing temperatures and severe hail affected crops. Gov. Ritter sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for Secretarial Disaster Designation. In Otero County, frost and freezing temperatures devastated melon...

4 years 1 month ago

Cantaloupe: how sweet it is

It's melon time! Cantaloupes from Rocky Ford are ready for harvest and the sweet treat is popping up at farmer's markets, supermarkets, and in summer salads. Farmers say this year's harvest is about two weeks behind what's typical. That's because farmers planted late because of a cool spring....

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