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    Federal officials expand efforts as cantaloupe warnings continue

    (CNN) -- Federal health officials are expanding efforts to ensure no additional bacteria-tainted cantaloupes get to consumers in what has become the most fatal U.S. outbreak of a food-borne illness in more than a decade.

    The Food and Drug Administration said it has teamed up with state officials in the effort.

    "FDA and its state partners are conducting checks at retail stores, wholesalers and distributors to make sure they have received notification about the Jensen Farms' whole cantaloupe recall and that they have taken appropriate action to notify their customers and remove the recalled whole cantaloupes from the shelves," the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

    Thirteen people have died in the most fatal U.S. outbreak of a food-borne illness since 1998, according to records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The outbreak -- blamed on the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes -- was first reported September 12. It was traced to consumption of Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms' fields in Granada, Colorado.

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    As of Monday, it had grown to 18 states, 72 illnesses and 13 deaths, according to the CDC's latest statistics.
    Federal officials expand efforts as cantaloupe warnings continue - CNN.com

    See now this is where things like the FDA come in handy...

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    Re: Federal officials expand efforts as cantaloupe warnings continue

    Why didn't the melons get married?

    Because they cantaloupe.


    Jet, don't you realise, under the free market this wouldn't have happened because the farmers would've charged extra for the additional bacteria in the fruit, as it adds to the overall value, and so people wouldn't have bought them and the problem would be solved.
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    Re: Federal officials expand efforts as cantaloupe warnings continue

    There should be an irradiated alternative for those of us who understand food safety. If everyone else wants to risk the real danger of food poisoning, that's their thing. I do not.

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    Re: Federal officials expand efforts as cantaloupe warnings continue

    Down with the FDA! Things were much better before they had the power to monitor and regulate things.

    Elixir sulfanilamide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Sulfanilamide medicine was mixed with diethelyne glycol as a solvent. Diethelyne glycol is lethal. More than 100 people died because the company chose not to do even basic safety testing. The FDA at the time was pretty weak, but they did manage to file a charge and use it to seize most of the product that they could locate. (there weren't really requirements for keeping records of that either) The charge?

    The company called the product an elixir, which implies that it contains alcohol, but the product did not contain alcohol. If the company had called it a solution instead of an elixir, the FDA would have had no legal grounds on which to seize the poison. The company received a mild fine for breaking this law. More than one hundred people died.



    "The owner of the company, when pressed to admit some measure of culpability, famously answered, "We have been supplying a legitimate professional demand and not once could have foreseen the unlooked-for results. I do not feel that there was any responsibility on our part."


    This product was marketed and sold. It made it to shelves. It was prescribed by doctors. Where was the invisible hand?
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