Walmart Settles With Colorado Cantaloupe Victims

CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) – Walmart said Tuesday that the company has agreed to settle claims from many of the families of victims who died in a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people and was traced to a Colorado cantaloupe farm.

The company settled with 23 families, including nine in Colorado, said Bill Marler, the families’ attorney. The terms of the settlements were kept confidential.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said the company is “committed to our customers’ safety and we take food safety concerns like this very seriously.”

Hargrove said Walmart stores in Colorado and other states removed the contaminated cantaloupe from the produce department as soon as the company learned of the outbreak, but some relatives said the company did not react fast enough.

Jensen Farms (credit: CBS) Jensen Farms (credit: CBS)

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the deadly outbreak and were sentenced to five years of probation…

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