Sizzler awarded $7.1M in E. coli suit

MILWAUKEE A jury awarded $7.1 million in compensation to Sizzler USA on Wednesday to cap a long-running dispute with meat supplier Excel Corp. over a lethal E. coli outbreak in 2000.

The verdict found that the subsidiary of Cargill Inc. had supplied contaminated meat to two franchised Sizzlers in the Milwaukee area, where cross-contamination tainted raw salad bar items. Among the victims was 3-year-old Brianna Kriefall, who died after eating watermelon at one of

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