29 Sep '11, 3pm

Cantaloupe food poisoning outbreak is now the deadliest in 12 years

Don't tell Michele Bachmann , but it turns out that when food isn't adequately regulated, you can get giant deadly food poisoning outbreaks. Most recently, a crop of listeria-tainted cantaloupe has now killed 13 people officially, and possibly as many as 16 -- shooting right past the salmonella episode three years ago that killed nine. This is the most deaths from contaminated food since a 1998 listeria outbreak that killed 21. Listeria is no joke: It can kill as many as one in five of the people who fall ill from it. (The elderly and immune-compromised are more likely to be killed by listeria, but also more likely to get sick.) It can grow at refrigerator temperatures. And symptoms can take more than a month to show up, making it really hard to recall contaminated food in time. Jensen Farms, the Colorado farm that produced the tainted cantaloupe, recalled the fruit severa...

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