A deadly bacteria Listeria comes along with whole cantaloupes shipped between July 29 and September 14, 2011 by Colorado's Jensen Farms to 17 states with wider distribution possible. Listeria grows in moist refrigerators so more illnesses and deaths are expected in the coming days and weeks.
Here's the Listeria press announcement from the CDC if you're concerned.
The 17 states are: Illinois, Tennessee, Wyoming, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona, North Carolina, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Why, it was only in June 2011 that House Republicans voted to cut FDA funding saying that the "US food supply is 99% safe."
Mmm. Yes. But the GOP isn't.
Well, perhaps the GOP can explain to the families of the 13 dead (so far) and 72 cases of illness (so far) from Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe how they came up with their dubious "99%" assurance. Or is it that the power elite have a different food supply from the rest of us?
For more on Listeria, The Guardian has published information on who's vulnerable to Listeria--the young, the old, and the immune system compromised among us--and what to do to avoid the contamination.
For further reading try Solar and Lunar Eclipses of 2011 (the January 4, 2011 Solar Eclipse Horoscope is shown and leads the year, there were two Solar Eclipses--on June 1 and a brand new Saros Series began on July 1--plus we have a Solar Eclipse on November 25, 2011 and a Lunar Eclipse on December 10, 2011 left to go.)