Listeria victim’s widow speaks out about husband’s death

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MONUMENT, Colo. -- The Listeria outbreak has claimed another victim.

Mike Hauser, 68, of Monument died Tuesday, months after eating cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in southeast Colorado.

So far, 34 people have died after eating cantaloupe from the farm.

Hauser’s wife, Penny, says her husband had battled recent health issues and was doing much better, when he had some of the cantaloupe last fall. She says he was in a coma for weeks and in and out of surgeries and intensive care units for months. But she says he was recently able to come home and seemed to be on the road to recovery, when he suffered a relapse this week.

The family’s attorney, Bill Marler, also represents other families of Listeria victims and says the federal and state governments have to do more to make sure people are protected.

The FDA tied the outbreak to sanitation problems at Jensen Farms. The agency is asking for a budget increase to help address problems in the food production and handling system.

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