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Contaminated cantaloupes: a Montrealer files a lawsuit

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Contaminated cantaloupes in salmonella have sickened more than a hundred Canadians in recent weeks, killing seven of them. (Archive photo)

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

The law firm Slater Vecchio filed a motion on December 12 before the Superior Court of Quebec, alleging that Olivier Archambault had fallen 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 Rudy brand melons, produced in the same region of Mexico.

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

The suit says the plaintiff received a cantaloupe in a box of& ;#x27;subscription at the end of October and bought another one in 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, including intense abdominal cramps and vomiting, and was later confirmed to have salmonellosis.

The 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 other fruits in October and November that were the subject of recalls by Health Canada.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116