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In the United States as of Monday, cantaloupe infected with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes had grown to 18 states, 72 illnesses and 13 deaths, according to the CDC’s latest statistics. The Food and Drug Administration continues to team up with state officials to ensure that no more bacteria-tainted cantaloupes make it to the homes of consumers in what has become the most fatal U.S. outbreak of a food-borne illness in over a decade.

“FDA and its state partners are conducting checks at retail stores, wholesalers and distributors to make sure they have received notification about the Jensen Farms’ whole cantaloupe recall and that they have taken appropriate action to notify their customers and remove the recalled whole cantaloupes from the shelves,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

Listeria can grow even at low temperatures and can take a few weeks to make a person sick, so more cases may emerge in the coming weeks, say officials regarding the cantaloupe warning.

 

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