U.S.: Dole settles two Listeria outbreak lawsuits
Dole Fresh Vegetables has reportedly settled two civil lawsuits related to a Listeria outbreak tied to the company’s Springfield plant, according to My Dayton Daily News.
The story reported court documents showed the company recently reached settlement agreements with plaintiffs in two separate cases. The terms of both agreements were not disclosed.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the outbreak affected nine states, and resulted in one death and 19 hospitalizations. Listeria specimens were collected from July 2015 to January 2016.
Company officials have reportedly denied responsibility for the incident and argued its product was not defective when it left the company’s facility.
Dole closed the Springfield plant in January last year after an investigation linked the site to the outbreak, but the facility has since reopened, the story reported.