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Calgary family sues grower over E. coli infection

Lawsuit ties woman's death to eating lettuce contaminated with E.

The family of a Calgary woman who died after an E. coli infection is suing the U.S. grower whose lettuce was alleged to have made her sick.

According to a report in Food Safety News, Gail Bernacki fell ill last August after eating romaine lettuce from Tanimura & Antle, a grower based in Salinas, Calif.

Bernacki spent weeks in hospital and eventually returned home, but she died in January. The suit alleges that the E.coli infection contributed to her death.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a health hazard alert for Tanimura & Antle lettuce Aug. 17 and expanded it a few days later.

Bernacki was 84 years old at the time of her death, according to an article in the Calgary Herald.

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