Food Safety Alert: Throw Away Your Cantaloupe!
Yikes! Cantaloupes contaminated with listeria, which came from from Jensen Farms in Colorado, have infected at least 72 people and caused at least 13 deaths. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it has been the deadliest outbreak of a food borne disease in a decade.
Listeria can cause listeriosis infection, and it may take up to four weeks for symptoms to show. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, headaches, stiff neck, confusion and loss of balance and convulsions. If you’re pregnant, listeria is especially dangerous to you. Listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and even be fatal for a mom-to-be. If you’re experiencing symptoms, see your doctor immediately. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.
So if you know you have cantaloupes from Jensen Farms or you’re in doubt of where they came from, throw them out -- now!
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