Jensen brothers get probation in listeria case

Two Colorado brothers have been sentenced by a federal magistrate in a case stemming from a listeria outbreak caused by cantaloupes shipped from their packing facility.

Eric and Ryan Jensen were sentenced to six months of in-home detention, five years’ probation and must each serve 100 hours of community service. They also must pay $150,000 in restitution.

"I must deliver both justice and mercy at the same time," U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty said during a hearing in Denver, according to a Reuters report.

The brothers had pleaded guilty to six counts of adulteration of a food and aiding and abetting. The case stems from a 2011 listeria outbreak that led to at least 33 deaths and 147 hospitalizations in 28 states.

Their operation, Jensen Farms of Granada, Colo., is no longer in business.

Originally posted Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Tags: cantaloupe outbreak, cantaloupes, food safety, jensen farms, listeria