Lawsuit targets Tanimura & Antle for E. coli case

05/02/2013 01:34:00 PM
Tom Karst

Food safety lawyer Bill Marler said on his website he will file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle Fresh Foods Inc., on behalf of the estate of a Canadian woman who died in January.

The complaint, which had apparently not yet been filed as of May 2, alleges that Gail Bernacki in late August consumed a Tanimura & Antle lettuce product contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The Calgary resident diagnosed positive the for the same strain of E. coli associated with a recall associated with a Tanimura & Antle lettuce recall, according to the lawsuit.

Wesley VanCamp, vice president and general counsel for Tanimura & Antle, said May 2 she did not believe the company had been served with a lawsuit by Marler as of that date. She said the company was aware of the matter and is investigating. VanCamp said the company would have no comment on potential litigation.

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Daniel Torres    
Gonzales Ca.  |  May, 03, 2013 at 09:57 AM

Could this product have been harvested from an UNAUDITED field?

Watsonville, CA  |  May, 03, 2013 at 01:43 PM

this sounds fishy.... one single person died?? wouldnt thousands more be sick if this is true??

j. Oliver--Nogales Fruit & Recycling    
Nogales Az.  |  May, 03, 2013 at 05:03 PM

would not be as you say "fishy" if victim was your mother or grandmother

Nowell Borders    
May, 06, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I find it highly unlikely that there was one contaminated bag of lettuce and I do think that tanimura & antel would do everything in their power to make sure they ship safe product as we all do , but if these law suits continue I guess the price of food will also increase so I think if any of this stuff is found to be frivolous that there should be severe punishment to plaintiffs . Nowell Borders

Coachella  |  May, 15, 2013 at 06:35 PM

Perhaps she had a weakened immune system an therefore was a bit more sensitive to the issue. This could explain why there were not more people involved.

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