The Food and Drug Administration has issued a report on its investigation into the listeria outbreak in Jensen Farm cantaloupes. This outbreak is considered the deadliest in United States history, claiming 25 lives and sickening over 125.
The investigation found that a possible source of the contamination was in Jensen Farms' packaging facility. Dirty equipment, pooling water, and unsafe storage practices could have created ideal environments for listeria to grow. Of the 39 samples taken from the packaging facility, twelve tested positive for listeria. More illnesses are expected to be reported since it can take two months for listeriosis to develop in the body.