Jun 4, 2012 2:22 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Settlement talks begin after Colo. listeria outbreak

DENVER (AP) - Settlement talks are under way in lawsuits against a Colorado farm identified as the source of a nationwide listeria outbreak last fall that killed at least 30.

Attorneys for Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., and for 39 people who were sickened or died said Monday a deal could be worked out by this fall.

Both sides say any settlement with Jensen Farms wouldn't include other defendants, such as distributors and retailers.

It was the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in December that 30 people died and 146 were sickened. One plaintiff's attorney believes 36 deaths can be attributed to the outbreak.

The FDA has said dirty water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment probably were to blame.


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