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British Columbia: Abbott Listeria litigation

In the Abbott Cheese Listeria Outbreak, Marler Clark represented Molly Sandvick who was eight weeks pregnant when she and her fiance took a float plane from Seattle to Victoria for a weekend getaway. The couple, who are getting married that weekend, stayed at a resort hotel where they ordered from room service a plate with about eight varieties of cheese. Five days before the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned consumers not to eat B.C.-made Abbott’s Choice cheese products because they may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria that cause listeriosis, an infection of the blood that can be deadly. Sandvick was one of two women who ate the cheese and lost the babies they were carrying. To date, a total of 21 cases linked to Abbott’s cheese have been reported to public health officials.