August 22, 2019

Caramel Apples Linked to Listeria Outbreak Sold at Smith’s in New Mexico

Caramel apples linked to the 11-state Listeria outbreak were sold at Smith's Food and Drug Stores in New Mexico, according to information contained in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a mother and her newborn baby who were both sickened. According to the complaint, Cathy Jones was pregnant in October 2014 when she contracted a Listeria infection after eating a caramel apple purchased from a Smith’s store at 4016 Louisiana Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque. A few weeks later, sick with Listeria symptoms, she sought medical attention at Lovelace Hospital where she delivered her baby several months prematurely. The baby, who also had a Listeria infection, spent more than four weeks in a neo-natal intensive care unit. New Mexico has five of the 32 cases associated with this outbreak. At least … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Listeria Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of NM Mother and Newborn Baby

A lawsuit stemming from the caramel apple Listeria outbreak has been filed on behalf of a New Mexico woman and her newborn son. The complaint names as defendants apple supplier Bidart Brothers Apple Packing Inc. of Shafter, Calif. and retailer Smith’s Food & Drug Centers Inc., of Delaware which operates stores in New Mexico. Food safety attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm from the law firm PritzkerOlsen filed the suit January 09, 2015 in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. The case number is 1:15-CV-00019-KBM-SMV local co-counsel is J. Edward Hollington of Albuquerque. According to the complaint, a family member of the plaintiff, Cathy Jones, purchased several prepackaged, commercially prepared caramel apples from a Smith’s store at 4016 Louisiana Boulevard … [Read more...]

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