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When a company sells a food item, it's important that it makes sure the item is safe. As long as it is within its appropriate dates, the vendor may not be aware of issues with the product. However, manufacturers and producers should be testing their products for safety. If a batch turns up with listeria or other serious bacterial contamination, it's vital that no one eats the food.

Listeria caused a death in this case involving an elderly woman. Now, a woman from Rochester is suing Kwik Trip for her mother's death. According to the Nov. 3 story, the woman's mother died after eating a caramel apple in 2014. That apple contained listeria, which caused her to develop Listeria monocytogenes sepsis, a potentially fatal infection from a foodborne pathogen.

The woman fell ill on Nov. 22, 2014 and died just five days later. She was 83.

Her daughter, who is also her trustee, is seeking a minimum of $50,000 for the wrongful death of her mother. She has filed a claim against Excellence, Kwik Trip, PureFresh Sales, H. Brooks Co. and Bidart Bros.

The senior director of food regulations at Kwik Trip stated that the company doesn't process, grow or manufacture the caramel apples, so he doesn't believe that the company will be held liable for the death.

While not everyone in a case like this may be held accountable for a person's death, it's true that at least one company or manufacturer could be. Your attorney can help you file a claim against anyone who could be held responsible, so you have the highest chance of obtaining compensation for your losses.

Source: TwinCities.com, "Rochester woman sues Kwik Trip, others after mother died of tainted caramel apple in 2014," S.M. Chavey, Nov. 03, 2017

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