Cantaloupe Farm Owners To Pay Fraction Of Restitution For Listeria Outbreak

The brothers who owned the cantaloupe farm linked to a listeria outbreak will have to pay only a fraction of the restitution they were ordered to give victims of their contaminated cantaloupes.

Thirty-three people died and 147 were hospitalized in the 2011 outbreak. The cantaloupe was from Jensen Farms in Holly, which is in southeast Colorado.

Only three people asked for restitution, totaling $13,000. Eric and Ryan Jensen had been ordered to pay up to $150,000 in restitution fees.

One reason for the low number may be that many victims or their relatives have filed separate lawsuits against the Jensen brothers.