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The cantaloupes concerned bear the marks Malichita (photo) or Rudy.
The Canadian Press
A third class action has been filed regarding cantaloupes contaminated with salmonella, which have sickened people across Canada.
Law firm Slater Vecchio said it has filed a lawsuit in British Columbia against the Mexican company Malichita, which grew cantaloupes, and against two American companies.
The law firm filed a similar suit on last month, in Quebec, on behalf of a Montrealer hospitalized due to a salmonella infection.
Lawyers argue that the latest class action is on behalf of all people outside of this province who have been affected by the salmonellosis outbreak.
Ontario law firm Siskinds has also proposed a class action in Manitoba, alleging that a Sarnia, Ont., woman became ill after eating cantaloupe that she claimed was contaminated with the salmonella.
The claims have not been adjudicated in court, and the proposed class actions must be certified by the courts to move forward.
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The Public Health Agency of Canada said in its latest update last month that seven people have died from salmonellosis linked to cantaloupes, and that there have been 164 laboratory-confirmed cases in eight provinces, including 111 in Quebec.
The organization said the majority of people who have fallen ill are aged five or younger, and 65 and older.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency first issued recall warnings on November 1, which were later expanded to include cantaloupes from Malichita and Rudy brands, as well as various types of pre-cut cantaloupes and fruit trays sold in stores.