Charles and Tammy Palmer, Colorado, have filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart and Jensen Farms Inc., in El Paso District Court alleging that Charles was contracted listeriosis from tainted cantaloupe purchase at a Wal-Mart store on Razorback Road in Colorado Springs.
According to the lawsuit, Charles ate the contaminated cantaloupe in mid-August, and started feeling ill several days later. When his wife found him unresponsive, she rushed him to the hospital, where he still remains. He tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, a strain of Listeria that is involved with an outbreak and cantaloupe recall.
The Centers for Disease and Prevention have confirmed that 15 cases of Listeria have been linked to cantaloupe produced in the Colorado Rocky Ford region. One case involves a death. The cases are in Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. New Mexico health officials have also announced 9 Listeria cases, which include 3 deaths, linked to contaminated cantaloupe. Investigations are trying to determine if the outbreaks are connected.
Jensen Farms announced a recall of all Rocky Ford cantaloupe because of possible Listeria contamination. The FDA recall notice states “The whole cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29th, 2011 and September 10th 2011, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA. The whole cantaloupes have a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, please contact your retail store for sourcing information. Jensen Farms is requesting any consumer that many have one of these cantaloupes to please destroy the products.