First Lawsuit Filed in Tainted Cucumber Outbreak
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman who became sick after eating cucumbers that may have contained salmonella is suing a California company.
The lawsuit filed Monday says Kathleen Dvergsten got sick after eating a salad at a Red Lobster in Farmington. She became severely ill on Aug. 14 and was hospitalized for nearly a week.
Dvergsten is suing Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce, Inc. The San Diego company voluntarily recalled "Limited Edition" brand cucumbers Friday and has said it's working to determine if the cucumbers are involved in the outbreak that's sickened nearly 300 people in 27 states.
The lawsuit says Andrew and Williamson had a duty to sell safe foods. It says Dvergsten seeks unspecified compensation for medical expenses and suffering.
Company official Dave Murray declined to comment because of pending litigation.