The probable cause of the 2011 deadly cantaloupe outbreak was a packing facility where Listeria could grow in cool, wet temperatures, a Colorado TV news report says. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to come out with this finding when it reports on the outbreak's root cause. The investigative report by KKTV CBS4 goes like this: Jensen Farms of Holly, Colorado, cleaned its cantaloupes in a packing shed where the melons were washed and cooled. The farm owners insist the packing facility was cleaned regularly and don't understand how the bacteria could have turned up on its equipment. The farm's owner, Eric Jensen, told CBS4 the listeria was found in the packing facility during an initial inspection, but did not turn up during a later environmental assessment. The FDA's report on the root cause of the outbreak will say that moisture played a key role in the spread of bacteria. The report also is expected to make recommendations on how to prevent it from happening in the future. The root cause, when announced by the FDA, obviously will be a central factor in Jensen Farm cantaloupe litigation. National food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen, P.A., currently represents victims of this outbreak, including the families of two people who died. The firm, which previously has won multi-million dollar settlements for Listeria outbreak victims, continues to accept cases. Free consultations are available at 1-888-377-8900 (Toll Free) or leave your contact information and a lawyer will promptly respond to your inquiry.
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