Wal-Mart settles with Colorado cantaloupe victims

FILE - In this  May 28, 2013, file photo, an outdoors sign for Walmart is seen in Duarte, Calif. After enduring a severe winter that chilled business, Wal-Mart is trying to lure shoppers into its stores with the biggest weapon in its arsenal: a big sale. The world’s largest retailer is offering up to 50 percent on more than 60 outdoor items such as lawn mowers and bags of mulch, starting Friday, March 21, 2014,  and ending the following Saturday.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
FILE - In this May 28, 2013, file photo, an outdoors sign for Walmart is seen in Duarte, Calif. After enduring a severe winter that chilled business, Wal-Mart is trying to lure shoppers into its stores with the biggest weapon in its arsenal: a big sale. The world’s largest retailer is offering up to 50 percent on more than 60 outdoor items such as lawn mowers and bags of mulch, starting Friday, March 21, 2014, and ending the following Saturday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

DENVER (AP) — Wal-Mart has agreed to settle claims from families of victims who died in a 2011 cantaloupe listeria outbreak that killed 33 people that was traced to a Colorado farm.

The company settled with 23 families, including nine in Colorado. The terms of the settlements were kept confidential.

Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove says company officials are pleased with the resolution.

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the deadly outbreak and were sentenced to five years of probation and six months of home detention.

A federal magistrate also ordered brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen to each pay $150,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.

They pleaded guilty last year to introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

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