Victims' lawyer: Feds seek cantaloupe records

August 14, 2012 - 2:35 PM

DENVER (AP) — An attorney for people who say they were sickened by cantaloupe contaminated with listeria says U.S. Attorney's officials are investigating the outbreak.

Bill Marler represents the families of about 40 people who were sickened or died following the outbreak linked to a Colorado farm. He said Tuesday that investigators asked for his case files, and he turned them over several weeks ago.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice's civil division, Charles Miller, refused to confirm any investigation or say whether it was civil or criminal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 30 people died, 146 people were sickened, and one woman suffered a miscarriage in last year's outbreak.

The co-owner of Jensen Farms, Eric Jensen, said he is unaware of any Justice Department investigation.