Number of deaths related to U.S. listeria outbreak in cantaloupe now at 28; 133 more across 26 states have fallen ill

LOS ANGELES , October 27, 2011 () – The number of deaths related to the U.S. listeria outbreak in cantaloupe has risen to 28, FoodProductionDaily.com reported Oct. 26.

Additionally, 133 people have been infected with one of the four outbreak-associated strains across 26 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak has been attributed to packaging machinery at a Jensen Farms plant. More listeria cases could still be reported, as listeriosis can develop up to two months after contaminated food has been consumed, the CDC said.

The primary source of this article is FoodProductionDaily.com, Montpellier, France, on Oct. 26, 2011.

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