The two brothers who own Jensen Farms have been sentenced in the 2011 listeria outbreak case that killed 33 and sickened an additional 147. Both brothers were sentenced to 5 years probation, 6 months of home detention, 100 hours of community service and a $150,000 fine. The brothers plead guilty to charges in October.
The charges against the Jensen brothers were based upon the implementation of a new cleaning system at the farm in May 2011. The new system was intended to clean potatoes and included a catch pan where a chlorine spray could be used to clean bacteria off the passing fruit, but the spray was never used on the farm’s cantaloupes.
An investigation by the FDA and CDC tied six shipments of contaminated cantaloupe that went out to 28 different states to the outbreak of Listeria poisoning that killed 33. Another 147 victims were hospitalized and one pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage because of the listeria, the U.S. Attorney’s office indicated. To read more about food poisoning and legal claims see Food Poisoning.