Compensation: Jensen Farms Cantaloupe Farm tied to 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33
Victims relatives sued companies (Kroger Co.’s King Soopers brand, Frontera Produce Ltd. Bio Food Safety Inc, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Freshpack Produce Inc., and grocery stores and outlets) that handled or sold cantaloupes from Jenson Farms for medical expenses from cases totaling over $12 million.
The cases involved 20 courts in a dozen states. Listeria killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 140. According to the investigation, the cantaloupes became contaminated by dirty water and old, hard-to-clean equipment in Jenson farm’s packing house. Eric and Ryan Jensen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and were sentenced to pay $150,000 each in restitution, perform 100 hours of community service, five years probation and six months of home detention.