A mink farm located in Mount Angel is suing two food organizations are are allegedly liable for the deaths of 11,000 minks on the farm.
In a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed Jan. 24, AMC, LLC is demanding $2.8 million from Washington-based companies Northwest Farm Food Cooperative, a major supplier of mink feed and equipment in the Pacific Northwest, and National Food Corporation, which supplies eggs and egg products nationally and internationally. National Food supplied chickens to NW Farm that was sold and shipped to AMC, the lawsuit states.
"Within days of AMC beginning to use the feed from NW Farm's July 2016 shipment, AMC's mink began to get sick and die. Over the course of a week, approximately 11,000 mink died," the lawsuit reads.
AMC alleges that it was determined the feed contained botulism, causing physical injury to the animals.
The lawsuit alleges that the botulism was derived from spent hens (a term used for egg-laying chickens that can no longer lay eggs) provided by National Food to NW Farm, which is also liable because, according to their contract with the Mount Angel farm, they "maintain a reasonable standard of purity and quality."
The lawsuit claims gross negligence and product liability against both defendants, and claims breach of contract, breach of implied warranty of merchantability, breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose and a breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing against NW Farm.
In addition to the $2.8 million in judgment, the plaintiff is seeking to be awarded attorney fees and costs surrounding proceedings and a trial by jury.