Victims of Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Reach Settlement

Victims of Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Reach Settlement February 12, 2015 — A settlement has been reached for 66 victims of a deadly food poisoning outbreak linked to cantaloupe tainted with Listeria, according to the Washington Post.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. However, attorneys said the matter was resolved by “mutual agreement of the parties,” including 20 defendants. A spokesman for one of those defendants, Frontera Produce, said:

“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.”

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed to settle claims by nearly two dozen families back in May 2014. The settlement resolved claims against the retailer in 23 lawsuits, according to Law360.

The food poisoning outbreak occurred in 2011 and was linked to Jensen Brothers cantaloupe. It sickened 147 people in 28 states, resulting in 33 deaths. One woman who was pregnant when she was infected suffered a miscarriage.

In September 2011, inspections of the Jensen Farms packing facility in Colorado found evidence of unsanitary conditions. Of the 39 environmental samples, 13 tested positive for Listeria. In October 2013, the owners of the farm pleaded guilty to six federal misdemeanors and the farm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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