Consumer Law

Plaintiffs Bake Up Batch of Food Safety Suits Against Nestle

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Lawsuits on behalf of children and young adults who reportedly became ill after handling Nestle Toll House cookie dough have been filed against the company in several states, including Georgia, Colorado, California and Washington.

Cindy Sedbrook of South Denver, says her daughter is among dozens of individuals who may have become ill from E. coli bacteria by eating the Toll House cookie dough raw, the Associated Press reported. and report.

The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports today that the Nestle plant at the center of the E. coli outbreak refused to give inspectors access to pest-control records, environmental-testing programs and other documents covering five years of records a the Virginia facility.

David Elder, director of regional operations at the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, told the WSJ that while many food companies open their records to inspectors, the FDA doesn’t have the authority to require them to grant access to the records during regular food-safety inspections. Exceptions include infant formula, seafood and some juices.

Nestle has recalled Toll House refrigerated cookie dough after the federal health officials found a link between E. Coli and eating the dough raw.

Coverage elsewhere:

KGO-TV San Francisco: “San Mateo teen sues Nestle over cookie dough”

King5-TV Seattle: Yelm woman sues Nestle for E.coli

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