Dec 23, 2014 11:21 AM by News Staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The family of a California woman whose death was linked to prepackaged caramel apples is suing the Safeway grocery chain for selling her the product.
The lawsuit filed in Santa Cruz County Superior Court Monday alleges that 81-year-old Shirlee Jean Frey bought caramel apples from a Safeway in Felton a few days before Halloween. She died on Dec. 2 after suffering from a listeria infection.
Frey's family said health officials confirmed she was sickened with the same strains of listeria as four others whose deaths were linked to the caramel apples. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 29 people in 10 states connected to the outbreak.
The agency is trying to determine which brands are involved and how caramel apples may have become infected.
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