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Published:September 29th, 2011 11:31 EST

Deadly Outbreak Of Listeriosis! Is It Safe To Eat Cantaloupes?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"In the wake of a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis linked to bacteria-tainted cantaloupe, authorities assured the public that cantaloupe grown in places other than Colorado`s Jensen Farms is safe.


All of the tainted cantaloupes were grown at Jensen Farms in Granada, Colorado, although they were shipped to 17 states -- Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.


Is it safe to eat cantaloupes? Yes, as long as you are sure that your fruit wasn`t grown at Jensen Farms in Granada, Colorado. If you are unsure of the cantaloupe`s origin, toss it.

Listeriosis is a deadly disease, if you ate a cantaloupe and you got a fever, muscle aches and vomiting, for heaven`s sake see a doctor immediately.

This is the deadliest outbreak of a food-born illness since 1998, and if you don`t want to become a statistic not only must you throw away cantaloupes if you are unsure of their origin, but you must clean the refrigerator and any other areas where they were stored.

Maybe this outbreak of listeriosis is nature`s way of telling us not to go overboard "eating healthy." Replace some of your fruits and vegetables with chips, donuts and candy.

While the health-conscious are worried that they may have listeriosis, I`m laughing my fool head off and munching on chocolate.

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