The estate of Francis Gilbert has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the 26th Judicial District Court in Bossier Parish, Louisiana over Listeria-tainted cantaloupe grown by Jensen Farms. The lawsuit names distributor Frontera Produce, retailer Kroger, and Jensen Farm auditor Primus Group, as defendants.

One of the Century’s Deadliest Food-Bourne Outbreaks

According to the lawsuit, Gilbert purchased the Rocky Ford brand cantaloupe in August and September 2011. She became ill September 14, and suffered diarrhea, vomiting, and malaise. She entered the hospital and tested positive for Listeria. Gilbert died September 22, after accruing more than $50,000 in medical bills.

Following the outbreak, Jensen Farms filed for bankruptcy. Gilbert’s family attorney says that leaves “those in the entire chain of distribution” responsible for the tainted produce.

Two people died in Louisiana from the outbreak, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that the tainted cantaloupe was directly responsible for the deaths of 33 people, and was a contributing factor in the deaths of 10 more. In total, 147 people were affected by the infected cantaloupe.

Jensen Farms is located in Holly, Colorado. The outbreak was blamed on poor harvesting and cleaning processes at the farm.

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