Since resolving the tragic cases of three wrongful deaths related to the Dole Spinach outbreak of 2006 in late March 2007, we have settled an additional twenty-six cases involving non-HUS victims over the last few weeks. Lawyers and insurance carriers for Dole, Natural Selection Foods and Mission Organic have participated in a series of meetings with me where we successfully resolved the claims. Special thanks to Dole and Natural Selection Foods for sending corporate representatives.
We still have much work to do. The most recent tally from the FDA included 204 illnesses due to E. coli O157:H7 reported the CDC. This number includes 31 cases of HUS and 102 hospitalizations.