Federal officials narrow focus of listeria probe


HOLLY | Federal officials say they have not ruled out any Lower Arkansas Valley towns in a listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe, but they still believe only one farm near Holly is responsible.

Federal officials say Jensen Farms officials have cooperated with an investigation into how a listeria outbreak was caused by Holly Colorado melons.

FDA spokesman Devin Koontz told the Pueblo Chieftain on Tuesday (http://goo.gl/E7WQK) cantaloupes from farms near the town of Rocky Ford have not been linked so far to the outbreak, but the agency has not ruled out the possibility other farms might be involved.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 30 people died, 146 people were sickened, and one woman suffered a miscarriage in last year’s outbreak.

The co-owner of Jensen Farms, Eric Jensen, says he has cooperated with federal officials.


Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com