Entries tagged with: Cantaloupes

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…  » Read more

FDA will step up inspection of cantaloupe packinghouses

FDA on Monday, Feb. 25 announced its intention to begin inspections of cantaloupe packinghouses during the 2013 growing season, with a special focus on preventing listeria outbreaks. “As we move forward over the next few years with implementation of the produce safety provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), it is essential that the cantaloupe industry and the produce industry in general, observe best practices already recognized by FDA and the industry as…  » Read more
California seeks to distinguish its cantaloupes

California seeks to distinguish its cantaloupes

California melons will begin bearing a “Buy California Grown” sticker in an effort to distinguish the state’s crop from others. Steve Patricio, president of Westside Produce and the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board, and a grower himself, said that contamination outbreaks like the recent one surrounding melons grown at Chamberlain Farms in Indiana, and a recall of melons from Burch Farms in North Carolina after samples tested positive for listeria – not to mention last year’s…  » Read more