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Family of cantaloupe Listeria victim files negligence lawsuit

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The family of an elderly Texas woman has filed a negligence lawsuit against the growers of cantaloupe linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak across the U.S.

The son and daughter of a North Texas woman say their mother ate contaminated cantaloupe grown at Jensen Farms in Colorado, contracted Listeria poisoning and died in a hospital on Sept. 23.

The woman would be one of 28 people who’ve died after eating contaminated cantaloupe grown at the Colorado farm. The fruit was distributed to at least 30 states across the U.S. and the outbreak of Listeria bacteria has sickened more than 130 people, according to recent updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The lawsuit filed by Russell Jones and Terri Blackmon, the deceased woman’s children, was done in a Dallas courtroom. A report from Associated Press does not indicate the damages sought by the lawsuit. Another company, Frontera Produce Ltd., is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

A Food and Drug Administration investigation into the cause of the outbreak of Listeria poisoning blamed dirty conditions at Jensen Farms’ packing and shipping facility located near its farm.

Victims of the outbreak first reported their illnesses in August. Jensen Farms eventually recalled more than 300,000 cases of cantaloupe sold under the Rocky Ford brand name on Sept. 14 but new cases in the outbreak were reported through the month of October.

This is the deadliest food-related outbreak in the U.S. in more than 25 years. disclaimer: This article: Family of cantaloupe Listeria victim files negligence lawsuit was posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 6:26 am at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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