Cantaloupe Recall 2011: Walmart in Clovis, Portales; Clovis Store Voluntarily Pulled Out Rocky Ford Cantaloupes from Shelves

By on Sep 14, 2011 in Announcement, Food, Health, Lifestyle, Science, South America Comments

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Due to the Listeria outbreak, as disclosed by CDC, a cantaloupe recall this 2011 has prompted Walmart stores in Clovis and Portales, New Mexico; together with one Clovis grocery store to pull out their Rocky Ford cantaloupes from their store shelves.

Walmart’s store manager in Clovis, Mike Hall, said that the store voluntarily pulled all cantaloupes from the shelves. This was disclosed by a local news site, CNJonline, September 13, 2011.

Reportedly, 3 people in New Mexico, 4 people in Colorado, and one in Curry County died because of Listeriosis, the bacterial disease caused by Listeria.

Apparently, the causative agent’s species is Listeria monocytogenes. It is one of the most potent foodborne bacteria which can cause death to about 30% of its victims. It is also a flagellated, gram-negative bacillus that can grow anaerobically.

According to CDC, September 13, it is working with other organizations in collecting samples to  determine the specific source of the Listeria outbreak. Patients; however, said that the cantaloupes were allegedly from Rocky Ford, Colorado, hence the cantaloupe recall.

An update of the cantaloupe recall 2011 reveals FDA narrowing down the source of contaminated cantaloupes to Jensen Farms.

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