Wrongful Death Suit Defendants – NJ Personal Injury Lawyers

A wrongful death suit involving caramel apples that were contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes has added two more defendants in the case, which now includes Safeway Inc., Happy Apple Company and Bidart Brothers Apple Packing.

The complaint was filed by James Raymond Frey and the estate of his wife, who died in December after ingesting a caramel apple that was tainted with Listeria. The apple was purchased at a Safeway store in California. Originally, Safeway was the sole defendant named in the complaint. However, this was only because the supplier of the caramel apple was not yet known.

The New Defendants

Safeway removed Happy Apple products from its shelves on Dec. 23 due to a potential contamination of Listeria. The following day, Happy Apple issued a recall and named Bidart Brothers as its apple supplier. Happy Apple said that it received notice from Bidart Brothers stating that there could be a connection between the apples it supplied and the Listeria outbreak.

What Is Listeriosis?

According to the FDA, Listeriosis is a rare but serious illness caused from the bacterium known as Listeria Monocytogenes. The FDA also states that a total of 32 people from 11 states had contracted the illness by Dec. 30. Thirty-one people were sent to the hospital because of the illness and six deaths were recorded. The FDA has stated that the outbreak seems to only include prepackaged caramel apples.

What Does This Mean for You?

A wrongful death suit in the state of New Jersey requires experienced NJ personal injury lawyers. If you become sick because of food you have ingested, or worse, if someone you know dies from eating food prepared by another party, make sure you have legal representation. Your NJ personal injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation that you and your family deserve.

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