Tainted Chili Lawsuit Settled

8-7-04- They got sick. Then they got paid. Six Sanger residents who were hospitalized for botulism after eating tainted chili three years
ago will receive nearly three million dollars in a negotiated settlement with Town Talk Foods.

Three families sued Town Talk Foods three years ago. A lawsuit
against the Fort Worth-based chili distributor, Ben E. Keith, is pending.

Town Talk Foods is also suing Ben E. Keith and the chili manufacturer, First Original Texas Chili Company, to recoup money it paid in the settlement and other damages.

But attorneys representing Ben E. Keith argue that Town Talk Foods had an obligation to destroy any product that was unfit for consumption.