The Food and Drug Administration are still investigating Jensen Farms, the growers of thousands of cantaloupes contaminated with listeria, but have released its initial findings.
The investigation found that there may have been several practices in the packaging facility that could have spread or harbored listeria-containing bacteria. It found that equipment used to wash the cantaloupes was difficult to clean, water often pooled on the floor, and the fruits were not pre-cooled before being placed in cool storage.
Experts claim this is the deadliest food-borne contamination in American history. Over 120 people have died and more than 125 people have fallen ill across the country from listeria-contaminated cantaloupes. The numbers are expected to rise within the next few weeks.