PritzkerOlsen has filed what is believed to be the first lawsuit against Whole Foods Market Group and Forever Cheese, on behalf of a victim of the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to cheese imported by Forever Cheese that has sickened at least 14 people in 11 states.
The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on 17 September.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of John McKissick and his wife, residents of Pennsylvania. According to the complaint filed in this case, on 27 May, Plaintiff Patricia McKissick purchased a variety of cheeses from the cheese department at the Whole Foods store located at 5880 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The complaint alleges that prior to 27 May, Whole Foods processed Frescolina ricotta salata cheese that was previously adulterated with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes by removing it from its original packaging, cutting it into smaller portions, repackaging it for retail sale and relabeling it.
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