Cantaloupe Farmers Plead Guilty In Listeria Outbreak

DENVER (October 16, 2013)--Colorado cantaloupe farmers Eric and Ryan Jensen, who were charged in a deadly listeria outbreak, both plan to plead guilty under a deal with federal prosecutors.

The Jensens filed documents Tuesday notifying the court that they will plead guilty to unspecified charges under the agreements.

Ryan Jensen's lawyer declined comment Wednesday and Eric Jensen's lawyer didn't immediately return a call.

A prosecutors' spokesman wasn't available to comment because of the government shutdown.

The brothers were charged last month with introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce in what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the rare move was intended to send a message to food producers.

The agency said conditions at their farm led to the 2011 outbreak that killed 33 people.

They each had faced as much as six years in prison if convicted of the original charges.


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