Listeria Outbreak Deadliest In Decade

ATLANTA — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here last week reported that listeria-tainted cantaloupes from a Colorado farm have been responsible for as many as 16 deaths nationwide, making this the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in the United States in more than a decade.

The toll jumped sharply last week, and CDC officials warned that it could continue to rise, despite a traceback and recall by Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo.

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