West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 West Virginia Among States Affected by Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak

9/16/2011
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass is warning consumers that a recall on cantaloupes includes products shipped to nearby states Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and that shoppers should make sure that any cantaloupes purchased in those states are not part of the recall.

“Given our shared border, it’s quite likely that some West Virginians buy groceries in Pennsylvania. At this point, we don’t know exactly what stores may be affected by this recall, so consumers should ensure any purchased cantaloupe is not part of the recall before consuming,” said Commissioner Douglass. He noted that West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) inspectors are aware of the recall and checking for recalled product during regular store visits.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says, to date, 22 people in seven states - including one person in West Virginia - have become ill after exposure to Listeria monocytogenes linked to the recalled cantaloupes. West Virginia has not been identified as a state where recalled cantaloupes were distributed. Health officials think the person may have become ill in another state.

Jensen Farms is voluntarily recalling cantaloupe shipped from July 29 through September 10, 2011, and distributed to at least 17 states - with possible further distribution.

The whole cantaloupes have a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA - Frontera Produce - Colorado Fresh - Rocky Ford - Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms - Sweet Rocky Fords. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, it is recommended that consumers contact the retail store for sourcing information. The cantaloupes are packed in cartons that are labeled: Frontera Produce, www.fronteraproduce.com or with Frontera Produce, Rocky Ford Cantaloupes. Both cartons also include: Grown and packed by Jensen Farms Granada, CO and Shipped by Frontera Produce LTD, Edinburg, Texas.

While all people are susceptible to Listeria infection, older adults, persons with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are at particular risk. The bacterium can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness (called listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness (called invasive listeriosis). In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and serious illness or death in newborn babies, though the mother herself rarely becomes seriously ill.

Symptoms of listeriosis usually include fever and muscle aches. Anyone who thinks they may have listeriosis should consult a doctor.

Consumers should not eat the recalled cantaloupes, and should place them in the trash in a sealed container so that children and animals cannot access them.

Jensen Farms is working with the FDA and the State of Colorado to remove its Rocky Ford Cantaloupe from the marketplace. The FDA is also working with CDC, the states and other regulatory partners to investigate where in the supply chain the contamination occurred.

This is the first time a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has been reportedly linked to whole cantaloupe. Foods that typically have been associated with foodborne outbreaks of Listeriosis are deli meats, hot dogs, and Mexican-style soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk.

For more information about the recall, vist http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.

Contact Information

Buddy Davidson, Communications Officer
304-558-3708; 304-541-5932 (cell)
bdavidson@ag.state.wv.us