After a fatal outbreak of listeria two years ago, the owners of a Colorado cantaloupe farm were arrested on Thursday on the charges that came from the 2011 epidemic that killed 33 people and marked one of the deadliest outbreaks of food-borne illness in the US.
Owners plead not guilty
The owners of the farm, brothers, Eric and Ryan Jensen, were arrested on the charges of misdemeanor for introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Both of them now face six counts, each.
The brothers pleaded not guilty in the case and were released on unsecured bonds. Their trial is now scheduled for December 2.
Prosecutors have said that according to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Jensens did not clean the cantaloupe thoroughly.
However, the brothers say that the outbreak was a ‘terrible accident’ and their statement post the hearing on Thursday implies that they were ignorant about the contamination.