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Reuters reports that "Wal-Mart has settled lawsuits with the families of 23 people who died from a 2011 listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupe grown at a Colorado farm and sold by the retailer, both sides said on Wednesday. Thirty-three people died and 147 others across 28 states became sick after eating the tainted melons in one of the deadliest U.S. outbreaks of food-borne illness."

The story notes that "the cantaloupes were traced to now-bankrupt Jensen Farms in Granada, Colorado. Federal food inspectors concluded that equipment at the farm inadequately washed the fruit to remove listeria bacterium." Lawsuits continue to pending against other grocery chains "that sold the cantaloupes, a food broker, and an auditing company that gave the Jensen's farming operation a superior rating shortly before the outbreak."
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