Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jensen Farms, Listeria, Cantaloupe: Outbreak in America

Remember the big ground turkey meat recall last summer?

It was caused by a company called Cargill, Incorporated.

Thirty-six million pounds of Turkey were recalled due to suspected Salmonella contamination. One person died.

Right now, there is a massive outbreak of Listeria caused by contaminated cantaloupes.

They were grown at Jensen Farms in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Jensen Farms Inc, Fort Morgan, Lane Street, Colorado 
You know what company has a large meat processing facility in Fort Morgan, Colorado?

If you guessed Cargill, then you would be absolutely correct.

Cargill Meat Solutions, East Burlington Avenue, Fort Morgan, CO
Cargill Meat Solutions is listed on Google Maps as a "Butcher Shop" however, upon closer inspection, it appears to be a factory.

Close-up of Cargill Meat Solutions, East Burlington Avenue, Fort Morgan, CO
Listeria is a disease not often found in fruits. In an article from The Guardian:


Listeria outbreak expected to cause more deaths across US in coming weeks


...Listeria bacteria grow in moist, muddy conditions and often are carried by animals.
The health officials said this is the first known outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe. Listeria generally is found in processed meats and unpasteurised milk and cheese, although there have been a growing number of outbreaks in produce. Hamburg called the outbreak a surprise and said the agencies were studying it closely to find out how it happened.

It would be irresponsible to say that there is any link between Cargill and the cantaloupes. Having said that, there are no other meat factories in Fort Morgan.

An investigation will eventually uncover the source.

For Cargill's sake, I hope they had nothing to do with this. However, this being the United States, whoever the culprit, they will be sure to face swift justice in the form of a large fine, that gets tied up in court for years and then eventually just goes away.

The government is very good at doing a number of things, one of them being tracing food contamination and preventing widespread public poisonings.

In the meantime, don't eat the melons.


Besides. Honeydew is the money melon.

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