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Burlingame company sued over contaminated mangoes
September 12, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

A 92-year-old Washington state woman is suing Burlingame-based Splendid Products which distributed salmonella-contaminated mangoes that she claims left her hospitalized for weeks.

The suit on behalf of Dorothy Pearce, of Stanwood, Wash., holds Splendid liable for distributing Daniella mangoes identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as the source of a nationwide outbreak last month.

According to the personal injury suit filed in western district court, Pearce ate a Daniella mango and fell ill Aug. 20. For two days, her symptoms included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe stomach cramping that led to her hospitalization. Lab tests confirmed salmonella Braenderup and, as of Sept. 5, Pearce was still hospitalized, according to her attorney William D. Marler.

The suit claims Pears suffered severe physical and emotional injuries and substantial economic loss.

Splendid Products did not respond to an inquiry for comment.

Marler said to date the contamination has sickened 204 people in the United States and 21 in Canada.

 The up to 1 million recalled mangoes were packed in Mexico and distributed by Splendid Products between July 12 and Aug. 29. The Mexican manufacturer and producer of the mangoes has yet to be identified, according to the suit.

Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems such as infants and the elderly.

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