Pilgrim's Pride settles four listeria tied lawsuits
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has settled four
wrongful-death or injury lawsuits involving the deadly 2002 listeria outbreak
that was linked to one of its plants, the meat company announced last week
The second food company tied to the outbreak, J.L. Foods, is set to defend
itself in federal court next week when the first case reaches
Eight people died and more than 50 were sickened in the
outbreak, which led to one of the largest meat recalls in US
The listeria strain discovered in the victims was found by
federal investigators in meat processed at the now-closed J.L. Foods plant in
Camden and in a plant of Pilgrim's Pride subsidiary Wampler Foods - but not in
the meat itself - in Franconia, Philadelphia.
A spokesman for
Pilgrim's Pride said the company settled the cases to bring them to a close
without incurring the costs and time associated with a trial and possible
Terms of the settlements were not enclosed.
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