A settlement is currently being discussed that would create a $4 million victims’ fund for those plaintiffs who were sickened or who had family members who were sickened or died after a deadly listeria outbreak last year that was linked to Jensen Farms and killed 30 people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 146 people were sickened by the tainted cantaloupe, and one women suffered a miscarriage. The FDA said that outbreak was caused by dirty water and cleaning procedures on old equipment. The outbreak sickened people in 28 states.
An attorney for 39 of the plaintiffs said that $4 million would not be enough to compensate the plaintiffs, as his clients have accumulated nearly $8 million in medical bills alone.
Last month, Jensen Farms filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Lawsuits filed against Jensen Farms can not move forward until the bankruptcy judge makes a ruling.
The settlement could possibly include a food-processing equipment manufacturer and a safety audit firm.
The Washington Post reports that lawyers for both sides say that the settlement could be finalized by fall.