Safeway Hit With Lawsuit for Caramel Apple DeathDecember 30, 2014 — Law360 reports that a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Safeway Inc. by the family of a woman who died of food poisoning after eating a caramel apple contaminated with Listeria.

The woman, 87 year-old Shirlee Frey, bought the pre-packaged caramel apples just before Halloween from a Safeway store in Felton, California. Over the next week, she started feeling sick and weak.

On November 6, she fell, hit her head, and needed surgery to treat bleeding in the brain. Frey seemed to improve over the next 10 days, but she did not wake up on November 27. On December 2, she was diagnosed with a Listeria infection and died the same day.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the Superior Court of California in Santa Cruz.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a total of 29 people in 10 states have been infected with the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes. Everyone who was infected has been hospitalized, five deaths have been reported, and nine illnesses occurred in pregnant women. Three invasive illnesses (meningitis) occurred in children aged 5-15 years.

An initial recall from Happy Apple Company on December 24 was followed by another recall from California Snack Foods on December 27. Both these companies used apples from Bidart Brothers.

The CDC and FDA now recommends that consumers should avoid commercially-produced, pre-packaged caramel apples until the source of the outbreak can be identified. Anyone who has recently eaten a caramel apple and has flu-like symptoms should seek emergency medical attention. Infection may occur up to 70 days after the contaminated food was eaten.

Need a Texas Caramel Apple Food Poisoning Lawyer?

Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.

Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”

The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas caramel apple food poisoning lawyers for a free lawsuit review.