QUINCY, Mass. - Stop & Shop here is prepared to defend itself against a lawsuit filed on behalf of an 8-year-old boy and his parents who contend the boy became ill with an E. coli 0157:H7 infection after eating ground beef purchased at a Manchester, N.H., store last September. "We do not believe that the meat was contaminated with E. coli at Stop & Shop and we will vigorously defend that position in court," said Robert Keane, spokesman for the 375-store chain, a division of Ahold. ...

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