Grimmway Enterprises Inc., Bakersfield, Calif., is suing Fernando and Yvonne Iturriria for $230,059.34 in damages, plus attorneys fees, according to a report.

The carrot marketer's suit alleges sheep belonging to the Iturririas grazed on carrots and defecated on the crops.

Sheep can carry E.coli bacteria, and Grimmway destroyed around 75 acres of plantings to prevent potential food poisoning, according to media reports.

A hearing is planned for July 14 in Kern County Superior Court.