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Store accused of selling a defective product leading to illness

Most West Virginia consumers purchase a food product from a store and do not question whether or not that the food is safe to consume. There are various regulations and safety measures in place to ensure that food is safe for consumers. Unfortunately, this does not always keep a defective product from making its way to the grocery store and then into the homes of consumers. This may have been the case recently with Jewel-Osco, a grocery store that is now facing a lawsuit from a mother who says that her son contracted salmonella at their deli.

The 11-year-old boy had consumed food that was purchased at the grocery store's deli on June 3. About 72 hours later, he became ill. Over the following two days, his symptoms got worse and he began to have severe cramps in his stomach and diarrhea. They immediately went to the emergency room. Testing confirmed that he had indeed become infected with salmonella.

Apparently, 15 people have become ill after allegedly consuming food at the Jewel-Osco deli in Illinois. Four of those 15 individuals had to be hospitalized. Roughly 11 of the people are said to have the exact same strain of the disease.

The mother believes that she and her son should be eligible for compensation. Her son was very ill for two straight weeks because of the salmonella infection that he may have gotten from the store's deli. She wants them to be held accountable.

When food has been infected with salmonella, it may lead to a defective product lawsuit in West Virginia. If consumers who were affected can prove that their injuries and illnesses were indeed a result of the salmonella contamination, they may be able to seek and obtain monetary damages from the store, manufacturer or distributor. These damages could include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other related issues.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Tinley Park woman sues Jewel over salmonella", Gregory Pratt, June 23, 2014

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