A newborn girl died of Listeria meningitis. She was only six days old. This tragedy may have been caused by food contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

“Listeria is particularly dangerous for newborns,” said food safety attorney Fred Pritzker, who has helped families hold food companies accountable for selling tainted food. “Recent studies have shown that when a pregnant woman eats food contaminated with Listeria, the bacteria can invade the placenta. When this happens, a baby will be born with listeriosis (Listeria infection), which can cause meningitis, a brain infection that is often fatal, as it was for this little girl.”

The mother says she ate food that was later recalled because of possible contamination with Listeria. Shortly after the baby was born, she had difficulty breathing and developed a rash, symptoms of listeriosis for newborns. Her symptoms quickly worsened, and she developed meningitis. She died 6 days after her birth.

Earlier this month, there was a nationwide recall of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots due to possible contamination with Listeria bacteria. The recalled fruit was packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12, 2014.  The fruit was processed by Wawona and sold at the following stores:

Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Whole Foods, Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Cub Foods, Kroger, Giants, Martins, Wegmans, Jay C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, King Soopers, City Market, Frys, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food4less, FoodsCo, QFC, Smith’s, Hannaford and BJs Wolsesale Club.

The recall announcement stated that there were no reports of illness. Our law firm has been contacted by many, many people who suspect they were sickened by the recalled fruit.

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