Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers plan to plead guilty under a deal with federal prosecutors in connection with the 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people in the nation’s deadliest case of foodborne illness in a quarter century.
Eric and Ryan Jensen filed documents Tuesday notifying the court that they would plead guilty to unspecified charges under the agreements. Details typically aren’t disclosed until the hearing where defendants formally change their pleas.
The brothers were charged last month with introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. According to the FDA, conditions at Jensen Farms in southeast Colorado led to the 2011 outbreak.Olympian news services