Committee Leaders Request Briefing from Jensen Farms on Listeria Outbreak

October 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a bipartisan letter to Jensen Farms to request a staff briefing on the recent outbreak of Listeria that originated in cantaloupe at the farm in Granada, Colorado.

Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Chairmen Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX) and John Dingell (D-MI) wrote, "The committee has a long bipartisan history of conducting food safety oversight and is very concerned about these recent developments. We intend to learn more from the FDA, CDC, Jensen Farms, and others who may provide insight into the causes of this outbreak and the prevention of future outbreaks."

The members also requested that Jensen Farms preserve all documents and communications relevant to the investigation to assist in understanding the causes of the outbreak and the distribution practices for the contaminated products.

A full copy of the letter is available here.