On May 25, 2012, Jensen Farms, which is a general partnership, filed for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection in Colorado. With a list of the 20 largest creditors dominated by contingent, unliquidated and disputed estate claims, it is clear that wrongful death claims and other food safety related liabilities played a major role in the demise of Jensen Farms.
The Produce News reported that Jensen Farms filed bankruptcy with $4.8 million in revenues in 2011, $2.1 million in current assets, $2.5 million in liabilities and an outstanding A/R from Frontera Produce in excess of $1.6 million. The article went on to report that the bankruptcy should free up millions of dollars in insurance money to help fund settlements in numerous Listeria related wrongful death actions. The Produce News – Jensen Farms Files for Bankruptcy Protection
This case will be closely watched as it is a glaring example of how important food safety issues are to the very sustainability and viability of a food company’s operations!