72 illnesses have now been reported in 18 states and are related to the consumption of tainted cantaloupe. 13 people have now died since the outbreak of the bacteria Listeria was first reported on September 12th.  The Listeria has been traced to Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms fields in Granada, Colorado.

According to public health officials, illnesses have been reported in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  The cantaloupe that voluntarily recalled by Rocky Ford was shipped between July 29th and September 10th; then distributed to 17 states.  New York was not one of those states, and fortunately, no illness or death has been reported here either.

Would you still chance buying cantaloupe right now or are you a little leary of the melon?