Starbucks Hits Meat Suppliers With $5M Bad Ham Suit

Law360, New York (July 8, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT) -- Starbucks Corp. hit two meat distributors with a lawsuit in Washington federal court Friday accusing them of costing it $4.8 million by misrepresenting where ham used in Starbucks sandwiches originated from and failing to ensure the meat's quality.

Starbucks alleges it contracted with a food manufacturer to provide breakfast sandwiches and in 2008, after taste testing, settled on ham supplied by Wellshire Farms Inc. However, after numerous customer complaints that resulted in the sandwiches being pulled off the coffee chain's shelves, Wellshire revealed that the defective...
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