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Farmers to plead guilty

3 years 7 months 1 week ago October 16, 2013 Oct 16, 2013 Wednesday, October 16 2013 October 16, 2013 6:41 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

DENVER, COLORADO- Two farmers charged in a listeria outbreak in cantaloupe that killed 33 people two years ago will plead guilty to unspecified charges in a plea deal.

Eric and Ryan Jensen filed papers notifying the federal court of their plan.

The brothers were charged last month with introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

The FDA says the move was to send a message about contaminated food to growers.

Each could have faced up to six years in prison if convicted of the original charge.

Prosecutors weren't available to comment due to the government shutdown.

The FDA says conditions at their farm led to outbreak of listeria in 2011.

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