Melon recall follows Listeria outbreak

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DENVER -- A melon farm in Colorado has issued a recall of cantaloupe after a Listeria outbreak that has killed at least two people, sickened 22 and spread to several states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the deaths were reported in Colorado and New Mexico, and state health departments said more deaths could be confirmed once testing results are known.

The CDC said the 22 people infected are in Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.

The cantaloupes were shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10 and distributed in 17 states, including New York.

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A Jensen Farms spokeswoman said Thursday that one of the Colorado farm's Rocky Ford cantaloupes tested positive for the bacteria, but more tests are needed to determine if it's the same strain linked to the outbreak.

-- AP

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