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Contaminated Cargill Meat Will Cost|Daughter Her Kidneys, Parents Say

MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - Parents say their daughter will need a kidney transplant because she ate meat contaminated by e. coli three weeks before Cargill recalled 423 tons of the contaminated meat.

The parents say their minor daughter ate Cargill's "American Chef's Angus Beef Patties" on Sept. 13, 2007. She was hospitalized for a month, required dialysis, and is expected to develop end-stage renal disease, which will require a kidney transplant.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled 845,000 lbs. of Cargill's contaminated meat on Oct. 6, 2007, the complaint states. The parents say the e. coli 0157:H7 strain in that recall is what made their daughter sick. They say they have accumulated $300,000 in medical bills, and the bill for the expected kidney transplant is expected to exceed $4 million.

The Hemmingson family sued Cargill Meat Solutions in Federal Court. They are represented by Paul Downes with Sieben Grose & Von Holtum.

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