Remember the listeria outbreak in 2011? Some of us remember more than others. 33 people died in the outbreak which is considered as one of the worst in recent U.S. years. Some the nation was not affected by the bad melons, but the areas that were experienced listeria to a fatal point for some. The recent court ruling was released to the public on 1/28/2014, after a long wait for those who had been affected by the outbreak.
The convicted(two brothers) were each given five years of probation, six months of house arrest, and a mild $150,000 fee for restitution. Restitution for 33 dead and 147 hospitalized. Some of those who lost loved ones attended court and had hoped for a more harsh ruling.
In federal investigations it was found that the fruit was examined before shipment, but proper care was not taken by the company to correct the problem. Both of the convicted pleaded guilty, but did not admit to having this knowledge that the cantaloupe may have been contaminated.
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