Listeria does not grow on cantaloupes
Ethan A. Huff,
Sept 30, 2011
Disease outbreaks associated with the US food supply have become an
all-too-common occurrence these days, with at least six major outbreaks
having been reported just this year alone. And with the most recent
listeria outbreak affecting Colorado-sourced cantaloupes, where at least
13 people have died and 70 others have been sickened thus far,
officials and the media are once again working the public into a frenzy
about food safety.
On September 14, 2011, Holly, Co.-based Jensen Farms announced a
recall of more than four million Rocky Ford cantaloupes it had shipped
to at least 17 US states between July 29, 2011, and September 10, 2011.
The recalled cantaloupes are said to be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes (listeria), a bacterium not typically associated with
produce, and customers are being urged to discard the dangerous fruit.
Since the recall announcement was made, the US Centers for Disease
Control (CDC), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the
mainstream media have been repeatedly warning the public about the
tainted melons, and citing purported death and injury numbers to
apparently scare the public into paying closer attention to the issue.
On one hand, such warnings are necessary and helpful in preventing
further injuries and deaths, and can be considered a public health
benefit. On the other hand, they conveniently help promote the
government’s agenda to seize more control over the food supply through
expanded “food safety” regulations.
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