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Jensen Brothers Take Plea Deal in Listeria Case

Nick Naughton3 years ago

Two former owners of Colorado-based Jensen Farms have reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in regards to a 2011 outbreak of listeria that killed 33 people.

About the Jensen Farms Listeria Outbreak

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention traced the 2011 outbreak back to the farms where the Jensens were washing the farm's cantaloupes with old devices used to clean potatoes.
  • Upon further investigation, the CDC observed dirty water on the floor and determined that the brothers had failed to use a chlorine spray feature that kills deadly bacteria.
  • Along with the 33 deaths, 147 people across 28 states had to be hospitalized due to the outbreak.
  • According to the CDC, the outbreak was the most deadly U.S. food borne illness in 25 years.

Jensen Brothers Face Criminal Charges

  • The Jensen Farms listeria outbreak is one of the few occasions in which criminal charges were pressed in connection to food poisoning.
  • Each brother was charged with six counts of inroducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.
  • While it has been confirmed by Reuters that the brothers have taken a plea deal, prosecuters are unable to specify exactly what charges the brothers will plead guilty to and what punishments the brothers may face until a hearing later this month.
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