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Jensen Farms Facing Maryland Lawsuit Over Listeria Death

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The family of Clarence D. Wells, has filed a lawsuit in U. S. District Court against Jensen Farms and Frontera Produce, alleging that Wells died from listeria tainted cantaloupe.

According to the lawsuit, Wells ate at least one melon grown by Jensen Farms in the weeks before his death in August. Wells’ daughter notice that he was retaining fluid and experiencing weight gain before he began having trouble breathing. He was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital where his health continued to decline. Wells died August 31. His daughter received a letter from the health department saying he had tested positive from a strain of listeria that was indistinguishable from the strain involved in the outbreak.

Jensen Farms issued a statement regarding the listeria outbreak saying they were “deeply saddened to learn that cantaloupes grown on our farm have been linked to the current Listeria outbreak.”

“Our hearts go out to those individuals and their families who have been affected by this terrible situation. We have been cooperating fully with public health officials who are trying to determine the source of the outbreak, and we will continue to do everything we can to assist them in their efforts,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

Already, 84 people have been sickened by the cantaloupes in 19 states, and 18 others in 10 states have died. The CDC said more illnesses or death could occur because it can take up to two months for the symptoms of listeria infection to appear. disclaimer: This article: Jensen Farms Facing Maryland Lawsuit Over Listeria Death was posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 8:33 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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