Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes

CREATED Oct. 1, 2011

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Officials confirm that cantaloupes linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeria infection were sold in Wisconsin Aldi stores.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Friday that the whole melons from Jensen Farms in Colorado, sold under the brand name Rocky Ford, were shipped to Aldi stores in Wisconsin between Aug. 16 and Sept. 13.

Once notified of the Jensen Farms recall, Aldi stores promptly removed the melons from their sales floor Sept. 13 and issued a nationwide recall. However, officials say some melons may remain in customers' homes.

The department is still determining whether other Wisconsin retail stores also received the cantaloupes.

Two cases of listeriosis among Wisconsin residents have been linked to the outbreak, but they have not been linked to cantaloupe bought at Aldi.

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