Cargill settles E. coli lawsuit

by Eric Schroeder
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WICHITA, KAS. — Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. on May 12 said it has settled its lawsuit with Stephanie Smith. Ms. Smith, a 22-year-old former dance instructor from Cold Spring, Minn., sued Cargill in December 2009 for the severe injuries she suffered as a result of an E. coli O157:H7 infection in the fall of 2007.

Cargill acknowledged responsibility for her injuries since first learning of them and has been providing financial help to her and her family.

While financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed, Cargill said it has agreed to provide for Ms. Smith’s care throughout her life. She is presently paralyzed from the waist down.

“This settlement will allow Stephanie to continue her fight to return to her greatest passion, dance,” said William D. Marler, food safety advocate and Ms. Smith’s attorney. “The Smith family appreciates this resolution and looks forward to Stephanie’s continued rehabilitation.”

Cargill said it “deeply regrets Ms. Smith’s injuries and is also hopeful for her continued rehabilitation.”
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