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FDA says dirty equipment led to cantaloupe listeria outbreak

October 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at a Colorado farm’s cantaloupe-packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. Continue Reading

Deadly cantaloupe illness caused by hard-to-clean equipment, pooled water on packing floors, FDA says

October 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 123 people have been sickened in the outbreak, including the 25 who died. It is the deadliest known outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. since an outbreak of listeria in Mexican-style cheese in 1985. Continue Reading

COMMENTARY: Food recalls sign that system works, if not perfect

October 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“Some will say these tragedies confirm all that is wrong with how food is grown, distributed and sold in the U.S. and much of the developed world,” Minneapolis columnist Eric Wieffering writes. “I’d argue the opposite: that the recalls prove that the U.S. food safety system works far better than most people give it credit for.” Continue Reading

Listeria case from cantaloupe puts N.D. woman in hospital

September 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Health Department says a North Dakota case of listeria illness likely linked to Colorado cantaloupes involves an older woman who lives in the central part of the state. Continue Reading

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