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Two Victims of Tainted Eggs Receive Six-figure Settlement Checks

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The first wave of legal settlements between 40 victims of a 2010 salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated eggs supplied by Wright County Eggs and Hillandale Farms of Iowa, has begun. Though the settlements were confidential, some of the details became public last week when an Iowa judge approved $366,000 in deals regarding two children who were hospitalized after becoming sick from the eggs. The children were from Iowa, California, and Texas. Settlement payments vary depending on how seriously ill the victims became.

Officials say 1,900 people became sick during the outbreak in which the egg companies recalled 550 million eggs across the country. Selective Insurance, which is Wright County Egg’s insurer, is making settlement payments, the New York Daily News reported. Jack DeCoster owns Wright County Egg. The DeCoster family released a statement to the AP saying, “The DeCoster family continues to sympathize with those who became ill, and we are pleased to begin resolving these cases.”

US regulators put most of the blame for the outbreak on Wright County Egg than Hillandale as more illnesses were linked to its eggs, and it had more violations, though inspectors found salmonella at both farm. Inspectors also found dead chickens, rodents, insects, and filthy conditions including towers of manure. Testing at Wright County Egg found salmonella over 400 times in sampling done between 2008 and 2010.

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Two Victims of Tainted Eggs Receive Six-figure Settlement Checks was posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 8:53 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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