Contaminated pepper killed California woman; lawsuit filed against Union City company

Product liability lawyers alert- A lawsuit has been filed after a woman died from a salmonella infection caused by white pepper.

Legal news for product liability attorneys. The family of a woman who was killed by a salmonella infection filed a lawsuit against U.F. Union International Food.

Union City, CA—A lawsuit has been filed against U.F. Union International Food on behalf of a deceased woman who died from a salmonella infection last year, which was acquired from consuming tainted pepper that was sold by the defendant. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News.

Donna Pierce, 69, of San Leandro contracted the salmonella infection from pepper sold, manufactured, and distributed by U.F. Union International Food. Pierce was recovering from lung surgery while at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward, when she consumed the tainted pepper. Pierce died in April after loosing her battle against the bacterial infection.

According to the lawsuit, Pierce’s death was caused by last year’s salmonella outbreak, which caused infections in at least 33 Californians and 87 West Coast residents. The lawsuit also listed Foodservice Partners of California LLC and Delaware-based companies Foodservice Partners Inc., and Sysco Corporation. The plaintiff, Tamara Lucier, 50, of Huntington Beach, who is Leandro’s daughter, is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of her family, which includes reimbursement of medial and funeral expenses. U.F. Union International Food sold the tainted white pepper under several brand names.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for product liability lawyers.