Cargill Settles E. coli Lawsuit With 11-year-old Minnesota Girl

Star TribuneOctober 02, 2009

Star Tribune

"She's made a miraculous recovery but she still has risks of future complications."

The parents of an 11-year-old Minnesota girl who spent more than a month in the hospital because of an illness caused by an E. coli-contaminated hamburger have reached a settlement with Cargill, Paul Downes, the family's attorney said.

The girl became ill in 2007 after eating contaminated hamburger supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation. The hamburger meat was linked to an E. coli outbreak that led Cargill to voluntarily recall about 845,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties.

In a written statement, Cargill said it was pleased for the family that the case is resolved. It also said the company has invested large amounts of money to fund food safety research while working with those who have been sickened.

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