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Listeria Victims Could Target Grocery Stores, Distributors, and Auditors

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The Denver Post has reported that experts in liability law said the three main targets in the recent cantaloupe listeria outbreak have only $17 million in liability insurance between them, while the over 130 illness cases could costs more than $100 million. This disparity could cause victims to widen their target base to include the grocery stores that sold the tainted melons, as well as melon distributors and auditing labs.

According to a food-safety advocate and attorney, over 30 victims have sought attorneys, and at least 20 more victims are expected to file lawsuits, as the Food and Drug Administration found machinery and washing and cooling methods to be at fault in the outbreak.

Attorneys are expected to place at least some of the blame on retailers who did not test for pathogens, or wash the fruit before putting it on the shelves for sale. Retailers may also be blamed for not demanding tougher food audits. Victims and their attorneys are reaching deeper into the food chain because the liability insurance available is not nearly enough to compensate all the victims, and the demand for compensation is expected to force Colorado courts to reconsider current laws and who will have to pay. disclaimer: This article: Listeria Victims Could Target Grocery Stores, Distributors, and Auditors was posted on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 6:29 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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