Food safety lawyer Bill Marler said on his website he will file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle Fresh Foods Inc., on behalf of the estate of a Canadian woman who died in January.
The complaint, which had apparently not yet been filed as of May 2, alleges that Gail Bernacki in late August consumed a Tanimura & Antle lettuce product contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The Calgary resident diagnosed positive the for the same strain of E. coli associated with a recall associated with a Tanimura & Antle lettuce recall, according to the lawsuit.
Wesley VanCamp, vice president and general counsel for Tanimura & Antle, said May 2 she did not believe the company had been served with a lawsuit by Marler as of that date. She said the company was aware of the matter and is investigating. VanCamp said the company would have no comment on potential litigation.