June 19, 2018

Starbucks Sues Suppliers of Tainted Meat for $5 Million

Starbucks Corp. is suing two former meat suppliers to recover $4.8 million the company lost when it had to pull sandwiches made with tainted ham from its stores nationwide, according to a lawsuit filed July 5 in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington state. Wellshire Farms Inc. Swedesboro, N.J. and Hahn Bros. Inc. of Westminster, Md. supplied Seattle-based Starbucks with ham for its hot breakfast sandwiches and cold lunch sandwiches that drew customer complaints for its unusual taste and spoiled appearance and was found through laboratory testing to contain harmful bacteria, the suit alleges. Starbucks had an agreement for Wellshire to supply black forest ham for the sandwiches and was unaware that Welshire had subcontracted the deal to Hahn even after initial … [Read more...]

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