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September 29, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT and RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writers
The final report on the listeriosis epidemic that claimed 48 lives in Los Angeles County in 1985 traces California's worst food poisoning case ever to raw or poorly pasteurized milk used to make cheese at a now-defunct Artesia plant. The report, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, reaches that conclusion even though investigators never found the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in the dairy herds that supplied raw milk to Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
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July 15, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury Friday found that Alta-Dena Certified Dairy will not have to share financial liability for nearly $100 million in unsettled claims filed by victims of a listeriosis epidemic that killed 48 people and sickened hundreds of others in 1985. In an 11-1 verdict reached after 3 1/2 days of deliberations, the jury spurned arguments by now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1987 | RONALD L. SOBLE
The Jalisco cheese poisoning epidemic of 1985--the biggest food contamination case in California history--is a whodunit that still baffles health and law enforcement officials. Almost from the time Los Angeles County health officials picked up signals that a major food poisoning outbreak was rolling through the area--in April, 1985--until the case was shut last year, everyone was sure of the culprit. But no one knows for sure how the contamination occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT and RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writers
The final report on the listeriosis epidemic that claimed 48 lives in Los Angeles County in 1985 traces California's worst food poisoning case ever to raw or poorly pasteurized milk used to make cheese at a now-defunct Artesia plant. The report, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, reaches that conclusion even though investigators never found the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in the dairy herds that supplied raw milk to Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury Friday found that Alta-Dena Certified Dairy will not have to share financial liability for nearly $100 million in unsettled claims filed by victims of a listeriosis epidemic that killed 48 people and sickened hundreds of others in 1985. In an 11-1 verdict reached after 3 1/2 days of deliberations, the jury spurned arguments by now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
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June 24, 1985 | From United Press International
The number of deaths that may be linked to tainted cheese rose to 44 today as Los Angeles County health officials reported a 50-year-old Burbank woman died over the weekend of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria infection. Officials did not know for certain if the woman had eaten Jalisco cheese, but the Listeria outbreak in general has been traced to cheeses from Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. of Artesia.
NEWS
July 9, 1985
Two newborn infants have become the latest victims to die from an outbreak of listeriosis, a bacterial ailment linked to Jalisco-brand Mexican-style cheeses. Los Angeles County health officials said the babies' mothers, one 19 and the other 34, were Latino and both lived in East Los Angeles. It is not yet known if the women had eaten cheese manufactured by Jalisco Mexican Products Inc., but many of the victims have been pregnant Latino women and their newborn infants.
NEWS
June 28, 1985
Three cheese-making plants in Northern California have been added to the list of companies that will have state inspectors present during operating hours to sample batches of Mexican-style cheese as they are being produced, authorities said Thursday. The inspections came after 46 deaths and dozens of illnesses were linked to bacteria found in Mexican-style cheeses manufactured at Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. in Artesia.
NEWS
August 2, 1986
The president of now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. was released from Los Angeles County Jail on Friday after serving 16 days for state Health and Safety Code violations growing out of last year's listeriosis epidemic that took 20 to 40 lives, mostly those of fetuses and infants. Gary S. McPherson, 45, had been scheduled to surrender on Friday to begin serving a 30-day term, but he actually reported to jail July 16 and his time was shortened for good behavior.
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August 18, 1985
District attorney's investigators made a second search of the Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. in Artesia, this time concentrating on how the cheese manufacturer's equipment was set up and used. Investigators paid particular attention to pasteurization machinery, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Tom Papageorge, head of the district attorney's consumer protection unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1987 | RONALD L. SOBLE
The Jalisco cheese poisoning epidemic of 1985--the biggest food contamination case in California history--is a whodunit that still baffles health and law enforcement officials. Almost from the time Los Angeles County health officials picked up signals that a major food poisoning outbreak was rolling through the area--in April, 1985--until the case was shut last year, everyone was sure of the culprit. But no one knows for sure how the contamination occurred.
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