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Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Lawsuits Settled

Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Lawsuits Settled

February 12, 2015 — The Washington Post reports that the victims of an outbreak of Listeria linked to cantaloupe have reached an undisclosed settlement.

It was one of the deadliest outbreaks of food poisoning in United States history. At least 147 people in 28 states fell ill after eating cantaloupe, including 33 who died and one pregnant woman who had a miscarriage.

Attorneys reported that the litigation was resolved by “mutual agreement of the parties.” Frontera Produce, one of 20 defendants in the litigation, stated:

“Settlement documents have been exchanged with the plaintiffs, and the parties anticipate that those documents will be signed by all the required parties. However, the settlement isn’t officially concluded until that occurs. We believe a final settlement of all claims will be reached soon.”

One of the biggest defendants, Wal-Mart, previously agreed to a settlement in 23 lawsuits back in May 2014, according to Law360.

The outbreak was traced to cantaloupe produced in Colorado by Jensen Farms. FDA inspections found evidence of unsanitary conditions, including 13 swabs that tested positive for Listeria out of 39 samples.

In October 2013, two brothers who owned the farm pleaded guilty to six federal misdemeanors, were sentenced to 5 years probation, six months of home detention, $150,000 each in restitution, and 100 hours of community service.

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