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Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak

Four have died in Colorado and New Mexico

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DENVER — Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit.

The warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came after 15 cases of a strain of Listeria were reported from four states, including 11 from Colorado, two from Texas, and one each from Nebraska and Oklahoma. Suspected cases were being investigated in other states.

The agency said it was the first Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe in the United States.

Rocky Ford cantaloupes are famous throughout the country, drawing travelers to roadside stands. Piles of the coveted melons are featured on postcards. W.C. Fields reportedly said bald guys have "a head shaped like a Rocky Ford cantaloupe," and Lucile Ball had the melons delivered to her dressing room.


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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 09:47:04 am »
Listeria outbreak in cantaloupes is deadliest in a decade

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press September 28, 2011 6:12AM

Updated: September 28, 2011 6:14AM

WASHINGTON — Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit. State and local officials say they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected.

The death toll released by the CDC Tuesday — including newly confirmed deaths in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas — surpassed the number of deaths linked to an outbreak of salmonella in peanuts almost three years ago. Nine people died in that outbreak.

The CDC said Tuesday that they have confirmed two deaths in Texas and one death each in in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Last week the CDC reported two deaths in Colorado, four deaths in New Mexico, one in Oklahoma and one in Maryland.

More: http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/7921129-418/story.html
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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2011, 10:00:27 am »
This can't be a coincidence, this is probably some kind of test taking place.

Sept. 13, 2011, 6:00 a.m. EDT
Aduro BioTech, Inc. Announces Three Grants

BERKELEY, Calif., Sep 13, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Aduro BioTech, Inc., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, announced today the award of three grants that demonstrate the breadth of applications for the company's proprietary vaccine platform based on Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria). Aduro has been selected as a subcontractor to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine to continue the company's award-winning development of vaccines for tularemia as part of a grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Aduro has received a Phase 1 National Institutes of Health (NIH) small business innovation research (SBIR) grant for the development of a therapeutic vaccine for hepatitis B virus (HBV). Aduro has also received a Phase 1 SBIR grant to develop a therapeutic vaccine for melanoma in collaboration with Dr. Nina Bhardwaj, Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center.

Aduro has modified Listeria, which is able to induce potent and broad immune responses, to be safe for human use and to target specific molecules found in tumors and infectious diseases.

For the tularemia grant, Aduro will build on its previous success with vaccines expressing single antigens and develop vaccines that express multiple antigens to broaden the immune response. The previous success led to the "Outstanding Scientific Achievement" award from DTRA, which was presented to Aduro at the 2010 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. Aduro's new funding, which is entirely financed by federal money, is part of a $500,285 grant that is led by principal investigator Terry Wu at UNM. "Aduro's platform is a key component of our program," said Dr. Wu, "and I am excited to continue our collaboration."

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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2011, 10:05:22 am »
Weaponized E. Coli outbreak in Europe exposed as a state sponsored bioweapon

http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=209927.0

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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2011, 10:16:19 am »
And what better place to test it than at the road side stands of independent melon farmers... Just drive along highway 50... stop in to see a local farmer... buy a crate or two of melons while touring the farmer's operation... inject a melon here and a melon there...

If a kid with a 9mm did something like this it would be called a random drive-by shooting, happens all the time... but then he wouldn't get the press that agents of the global food monopoly get for their drive by fruit injection experimentation...

scary...

You are 100 times more likely to die from a stray bullet than from a tainted melon...

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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2011, 10:17:17 am »
Foodborne pathogens may be used as weapons
http://rockrivertimes.com/1993/07/01/foodborne-pathogens-may-be-used-as-weapons/

Phyllis Picklesimer, Media/Communications Specialist Univers

Foodborne pathogens may be used as weapons

By Phyllis Picklesimer, Media/Communications Specialist University of Illinois College Urbana-Champaign

Easy to attain and inexpensive to produce, foodborne pathogens have been called the poor man’s atom bomb.

“Species of clostridia have already been weaponized,” said Hans Blaschek, a food microbiologist at the University of Illinois, who was asked to develop a rapid detection system for airborne species of Clostridium during the Gulf War. “The Army believed that the Iraqis intended to use Scud missiles to deliver the aerosolized pathogen, which would cause a gas gangrene to develop in the open wounds of soldiers,” he said.

Blaschek also said that recovered documents indicate al-Qaida had targeted the U.S. water supply for contamination with biological and chemical agents.

Researchers in the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the U of I are currently developing sensors that will detect the presence of chemical and biological toxins by soldiers in combat and in domestic situations.

Blaschek works with Clostridium perfringens, Shigella boydii, and E. coli, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) category B priority pathogens. Scott Martin is a U of I expert on Listeria monocytogenes, also a category B priority pathogen. All of these bacteria can cause food poisoning when they are ingested in food.

Neither Blaschek nor Martin believes these pathogens are especially good candidates for domestic bioterrorism on a large scale. “It takes a while for an infection to develop, and not everyone who comes in contact with the organism develops it,” Martin said. In most people, these pathogens cause mild flu-like symptoms. Serious illness occurs mainly in the very old, the very young, and people with weakened immune systems.

But Martin and Blaschek believe these organisms are dangerous enough when contamination is unintentional.

Listeria is clearly the most virulent foodborne pathogen, with a fatality rate of 33 percent in people who develop complications,” Martin said.

Listeria is especially dangerous because it can grow at refrigeration temperatures,” he said. “Poultry that has been cooled, sliced, and stored may have a shelf life of 60 to 90 days. An almost undetectable level of contamination can grow at refrigeration temperatures in that time and cause infections.”

Listeria is associated with raw foods, such as uncooked meat and vegetables, and foods that have become contaminated after processing, such as soft cheeses and sliced meat and poultry products sold at deli counters.

It is a particular threat to pregnant women, whose infection rates are 17 times higher than the general public. Although a woman may not show symptoms of illness, the organism can penetrate the uterus, infect the baby, and cause spontaneous abortion. In Europe and Australia, pregnant women are advised to avoid products associated with listeria, Martin said.

Blaschek is working with two foodborne pathogens that are behaving in unexpected ways.

Once a minor problem in the U.S., shigella is turning up more and more frequently with the globalization of the world food supply. “The organism is piggybacking onto produce in countries that use animal waste fertilizers and have less stringent food-processing procedures than we do,” Blaschek said.

Most produce receives very little processing, and shigella is especially difficult to remove because it attaches itself with biofilms that grow and multiply, adhering so tightly that it’s difficult to scrub them off. Blaschek is studying the organism’s attachment mechanism.

Shigella may soon pass salmonella in the number of reported cases of foodborne illness in this country, Blaschek said.

He is also investigating the transmission of E. coli 0157:H7 in apple juice and apple cider. “Thirty years ago, we were taught that these pathogens would not survive, and certainly wouldn’t grow, in high-acid environments like fruit juice. The genetically encoded resistance of the organism has obviously changed,” Blaschek said.

“The important thing to remember,” said Martin, “is that these pathogens are killed if food is reheated to 165°F. Consumers should be aware of these organisms, but they should also know that they’re not powerless against them.”
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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2011, 10:26:25 am »


  There are people here in Montana (vendors with U-Hauls) selling Colorado cantaloupe.  Yikes.

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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2011, 10:31:02 am »
Everything I hear I look to the other side and there is the truth. It's a big fat test. We are their test subjects.

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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2011, 01:27:22 pm »

  There are people here in Montana (vendors with U-Hauls) selling Colorado cantaloupe.  Yikes.

Your reaction is the one they are hoping to get, that way they can shut down all of the remaining independent farmers in the Arkansas River Valley east of Pueblo.

Monsanto GMO melons don't have the problem, because they will never be INJECTED with the government weaponized pathogen...

Think about the guy that poisoned a few bottles of Tylenol a decade or so ago... You get put away forever if you attack the big boys, and get caught... The big boys on the other hand get a slap on the hand at worst, and if it works, they knighthood for retaking the Arkansas Valley for the queen...

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Listeria, 19 state outbreak.
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2011, 04:55:50 pm »
..For Listeria victims, sudden turns for the worse
By DAN ELLIOTT - Associated Press | AP – 3 hrs ago....tweet21Share3EmailPrint......Related Content.
She called 911. strain of Listeria blamed for a 19-state outbreak that has killed at least 15 and sickened at least 84.
  I can't help thinking about Monsanto,  this could be a skillfull experiment and people are the lab rats.
   

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Re: Listeria, 19 state outbreak.
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2011, 10:22:49 am »
http://www.pbchd.com/pdfs/prevention_pointers/listeriosis.pdf

Sounds like from this article that Listeria was not "in" the cantaloupe but on the outside--the part that was close to the ground or dirt.  It was not washed properly.  Someone handled it and then put their hands or fingers in their mouth. 

Wash your vegetables and fruits well on the outside.

What is interesting is that Listeria is treated with antibiotics and a person should get well.  But unfortunately with many people eating meat from Safeway--meat from cows that have been given massive doses of antibiotics, which when you eat the meat, goes to your own system--thus your system has built up a resistance to antibiotics. This means when you are in need of antibiotics when sick, they won't do you any good. 

One would wonder why cows are given massive doses of antibiotics???  Because they have an infection somewhere I would suppose.

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Re: Listeria, 19 state outbreak.
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2011, 02:19:03 pm »
http://www.pbchd.com/pdfs/prevention_pointers/listeriosis.pdf

Sounds like from this article that Listeria was not "in" the cantaloupe but on the outside--the part that was close to the ground or dirt.  It was not washed properly.  Someone handled it and then put their hands or fingers in their mouth. 

Wash your vegetables and fruits well on the outside.

What is interesting is that Listeria is treated with antibiotics and a person should get well.  But unfortunately with many people eating meat from Safeway--meat from cows that have been given massive doses of antibiotics, which when you eat the meat, goes to your own system--thus your system has built up a resistance to antibiotics. This means when you are in need of antibiotics when sick, they won't do you any good. 

One would wonder why cows are given massive doses of antibiotics???  Because they have an infection somewhere I would suppose.





I heard they give them anti's because of the close quarters they live in. to stop an infection before it starts so they don't lose cows/money.

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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2011, 02:40:08 pm »
It is about farm to fork!
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Re: A.P. Article: Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak (4 dead)
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2011, 03:17:20 pm »
Wow Efood Direct has a special email that came in my mail box just minutes ago.

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Listeria concerns prompt romaine lettuce recalls
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2011, 12:23:05 am »
Listeria concerns prompt romaine lettuce recalls

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JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska officials say bags of chopped romaine lettuce are being recalled over concerns of potential listeria contamination. Meanwhile, a California farm said Thursday it was voluntarily recalling bags of chopped romaine lettuce because of possible contamination, though no illnesses have been reported.

The Alaska Department of Conservation has confirmed that the 2-pound bags of chopped romaine lettuce from True Leaf Farms of Salinas, Calif., which have a use-by date of Sept. 29, were distributed in Alaska by Church Brothers, LLC.

There have been no reported illnesses, but listeria can be fatal and is particularly dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, including infants, the elderly and people with HIV or those who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Listeria rarely shows up in produce, but an outbreak linked to cantaloupe from a Colorado farm has caused at least 72 illnesses, including up to 16 deaths, in 18 states.

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