Cargill Sued for E Coli Contaminated Meat

US - Cargill was this week slapped with an E coli lawsuit related to contaminated frozen ground beef products sold by the firm's Meat Solutions Corporation.
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The suit was filed on Monday in Dakota County District Court on behalf of a Minnesota family affected by the contaminated products, which have been identified as the source of an E coli outbreak in September and October.

According to the Gustafson family's attorney at Marler Clark, both children in the family suffered from infections, and one had to be hospitalized for seven days after the infection led to hemolytic uremic syndrome.

"This is not the first time that Cargill or one of its many subsidiaries has had E coli-related problems that led to illness," said William Marler .

"In 2000, Cargill was implicated as the seller of E coli-contaminated meat during the Milwaukee Sizzler E coli outbreak that sickened 60 and killed one young girl. In July 2001, Cargill recalled 200,000 pounds of ground beef after being linked to an illness in Georgia. And again in 2002, Cargill sickened 57 in Wisconsin and Minnesota and recalled over 500,000 pounds of contaminated ground beef,"

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