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Contaminated cantaloupes: a Montrealer files a lawsuit

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Cantaloupes contaminated with salmonella have made more than a hundred Canadians sick for several weeks, killing seven of them. (Archive photo)

The Canadian Press

A Montrealer who spent nearly a week in hospital due to a salmonella infection after eating des cantaloupes seeks authorization to bring a class action against two food companies.

The law firm Slater Vecchio filed a motion on December 12 in the Superior Court of Quebec, alleging that Olivier Archambault fell ill after consuming melons produced by the Mexican company Malichita and distributed in Canada by Trufresh , based in Arizona.

In November, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued food recall warnings for melons produced by Malichita, and later that month it issued recalls for melons from the Rudy brand, produced in the same region of Mexico.

Last week, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported 164 laboratory-confirmed cases and seven deaths from salmonella linked to cantaloupe in eight provinces; 111 of these cases are in Quebec.

The suit says the plaintiff received a cantaloupe in a subscription box at the end of October and purchased another at a Montreal grocery store.

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She claims that he was admitted to the emergency room on November 12 after suffering from a serious illness, with including severe abdominal cramps and vomiting, and was later confirmed to have salmonellosis.

L& #x27;proposed class action, which has neither been authorized nor tested in court, seeks unspecified damages on behalf of individuals in Quebec who purchased and consumed cantaloupes and cantaloupes in October and November. #x27;other fruits that have been the subject of recalls by Health Canada.

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