Beef Producer Loses Appeal in Suit Against Omaha Packinghouse Over E. Coli Contamination

LINCOLN — A Colorado-based producer of “natural” beef lost its appeal Friday over whether it should be reimbursed for some meat that became contaminated with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria.

Meyer Natural Angus, based in Loveland, Colorado, had sued Greater Omaha Packing, claiming that the packinghouse was responsible for contaminating beef that it had processed in 2011 on behalf of the meat company, which raises cattle without the use of hormones or antibiotics.

Meyer Natural Angus pointed to a contract it had with Greater Omaha Packing requiring the Omaha meat processor to “maintain property insurance on Meyer Natural Angus property in its possession, with a total value of $1,800,000” and guaranteeing that meat it processed would not be “adulterated.”

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