Dirty facility tied to deadly U.S. melons

 Thursday, October 20, 2011


Unsanitary conditions at a packing plant that handled fresh cantaloupes from a Colorado farm likely contributed to one of the deadliest listeria outbreaks in U.S. history, health regulators said on Wednesday. The most lethal outbreak of the foodborne bacteria in more than two decades has killed at least 25 people and sickened 123 others, also causing one woman to have a miscarriage, regulators said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the design of the packing plant allowed water to collect in pools and made it difficult to clean and sanitize the facility.