Two men, who are also brothers, are facing charges related to the listeria outbreak that occurred back in 2011. Reportedly, 33 people were killed after consuming the cantaloupe that was reportedly contaminated. The Colorado men have been arrested and charged on multiple misdemeanor counts. They have since been released from jail on a $100,000 bond and are likely conferring with their criminal defense attorney.

Back in 2011, a total of 147 people became ill and over 30 people died after they consumed cantaloupe produced by the farm owned by the two brothers. The two men have been accused of causing one of the most fatal outbreaks resulting from food. When the FDA stepped in, it was discovered that the farm’s storage facilities were likely a contributing factor to the contamination. Both men have sincerely expressed their concern and have claimed that it was a tragic accident.

The men have been plagued by multiple civil lawsuits. They also face up to $1.5 million in fines if they are convicted on all charges. They have been charged with six counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

The charges that the men face are all misdemeanors and an aggressive criminal defense attorney can help protect their rights. Although, the men undoubtedly had no criminal intentions for the incidents, the men are still faced with legal battles since they were involved in the shipment of contaminated food. A large amount of people have been affected by this and it has reportedly led prosecutors to file formal charges. If convicted in Colorado, the men face up to six years in prison.

Source: USA Today,
Colo. farmers arrested in listeria outbreak that killed 33, Chris Vanderveen, Sept. 26, 2013