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Arrests made in Listeria outbreak

October 1, 2013

DENVER — The owners of a Colorado cantaloupe farm have been arrested on charges stemming from a 2011 Listeria epidemic that killed 33 people in one of the nation's deadliest outbreaks of foodborne illness, according to The New York Times.

Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen were arrested on misdemeanor charges of "introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce," the article stated.

According to the article, prosecutors said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had determined that the Jensens had not adequately cleaned the cantaloupe.

The outbreak was the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in 25 years, and CDC said that people living in a whopping 28 states consumed contaminated cantaloupe, the article noted.

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