Colo. Farmers Arrested in Fatal Listeria Outbreak; Plead Not Guilty
KREX News Room
DENVER (AP)- The owners of a Colorado cantaloupe farm have been arrested on charges stemming from a listeria outbreak in 2011 that killed 33 people.
Federal prosecutors say brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen were arrested Thursday on charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.
The brothers appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday afternoon, where they were advised of their rights.
They were arraigned and charges are pending against the two.
Each defendant's attorney entered a not guilty plea.
Eric and Ryan Jensen were both released on a $100,000 unsecured bond.
Prosecutors say the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control determined the Jensen's didn't adequately clean the cantaloupe.
The FDA has said the melons likely were contaminated in Jensen Farms' packing house. The agency concluded that dirty water on a floor, and old, hard-to-clean equipment probably were to blame.
A number of lawsuits were filed by people who were sickened or who had a family member die after the outbreak.