by Bill Marler | Jan 22, 2012
FOOD SAFETY NEWS
When the Associated Press reported this week that an owner of Jensen Farms was being fined by the U.S. Department of Labor for failing to provide safe migrant worker housing, I must admit even I was a bit shocked. Could it be that an owner of a business that allowed a deadly fecal bacterium, Listeria, to coat its product would treat its employees like crap, too?
Well, apparently yes. It seems that Eric Jensen, the Colorado Cantaloupe grower whose product caused an outbreak that sickened 146 people and killed 30 (by my count 32), rented migrant workers unsanitary, overcrowded rooms at a motel he owns. Inspectors said many rooms lacked beds, laundry facilities and smoke detectors. Jensen now faces a whopping $4,250 in civil penalties. As the Labor Department’s Denver director said: