Growers of tainted cantaloupes arrested
Posted at: 09/26/2013 10:16 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Two farmers from southern Colorado were arrested for the cantaloupe they grew. Officials say they were connected to the listeria outbreak that killed at least 33 people in 2011.
One of those victims in New Mexico was 63-year-old Rene Gaxiola. His wife Susana said he was battling cancer when he ate the tainted cantaloupe. He died just three days later.
Susana has filed a lawsuit against Jensen farms, Frontera Produce, the company that distributed the fruit, and Walmart, where it was sold.
She says she hopes the arrests get things moving and prevent another deadly outbreak.
"If this is going to keep other people from dying and other companies and everything, then well justice has to be served," she said.
The Jensen brothers face several misdemeanor charges which could mean jail time and thousands in fines.