It can’t be all that dangerous to nosh on a carrot or a tomato without giving it a good scrub first, right?
Wrong. Just ask more than 20 folks hit with listeria, a gastrointestinal illness  that can cause death. Rocky Ford cantaloupe--one of Colorado's sweetest exports-- has been pulled from grocery stores shelves nationwide.
We've seen outbreaks like this before (there are two to four each year  in the United States), but not with Colorado cantaloupe . In 2010 , sprouts from Specialty-Farms were recalled for listeria contamination. There have also been similar scares with tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro, which were all recalled for salmonella contamination in 2008 . (Guacamole just wasn't the same for a while.)
Now, Colorado's melons are under attack, and DNA testing has singled out Jensen Farms  (near Holly ), which is recalling shipments to 17 states . With all this negative press for the honeydew's less green relative, farmers are facing economic repercussions .
What does this all mean? Scrub your veggies and fruit tonight.