Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has settled out of court with Coronet Foods of Wheeling, W. Va., which allegedly supplied the chain with salmonella-tainted tomatoes that sickened more than 400 customers in 2004, the Associated Press reported.
Coronet Foods, a food wholesaler, acknowledged supplying the tomatoes that were sold by Sheetz on sandwiches and other foods. A Blair County judge in 2007 dismissed claims filed by those who got sick against various tomato growers after Sheetz and Coronet acknowledged they were unable to identify exactly where the tomatoes originated.
Sheetz was looking to settle lawsuits filed by its customers and to seek more than $11 million in damages from Coronet. The trial was set to begin this week, but the two companies told the Associated Press they settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.