Saturday, September 17, 2011
Colorado farmers worry that a Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has ruined the rest of their prime selling season.
The outbreak killed as many as four people in Colorado and New
Mexico. Colorado officials say the contaminated melons were whole
fruit from Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region and have been
Rocky Ford farmer Greg Smith says widespread reporting on the
outbreak has been a huge blow. He laid off his lone farm stand
employee because customers have all but vanished.
Colorado State University vegetable crops specialist Mike Bartolo says the outbreak is a setback, but it would have been worse if it happened a few weeks ago at the beginning of the selling season.