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Salt Lake City, UT: (Aug-26-07) Sheila Leafty, a Murray woman, brought a lawsuit against California spinach processor, Natural Selection Foods, alleging that tainted spinach landed her 7-year-old son in the hospital in 2006. Federal officials announced a massive recall of fresh spinach last September after nearly 200 people across the nation reported getting sick. Officials traced the contamination to San Benito County, CA, where an E. coli strain was possibly spread by cattle or wild pig feces. Leafty had fed her son, Brayden, store-bought spinach in late August and early September 2006. After becoming seriously ill, Brayden was rushed to the hospital and treated with intravenous hydration, pain medication and drugs for nausea.

In a settlement reached, Natural Selection Foods agreed to pay Leafty $42,750 to resolve the issue. During a settlement hearing, attorneys told a federal judge that parts of the settlement will go toward paying $3,133 in medical costs and about $11,000 in attorney fees, plus other costs, including lost wages. The remainder, $27,126 will be placed in a trust account that Leafty will oversee until her son reaches 18 and he can collect on it.

A second Utahn still has a case pending against Natural Selection. The Utah County man says an E. coli infection brought on by spinach put his son in intensive care. Undisclosed settlements have been reached in other parts of the country for relatives of patients who died. [DESERET MORNING NEWS: SPINACH ECOLI]

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Published on Aug-27-07


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