Woman suing cake manufacturer

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville woman is suing the manufacturer of a cake mixture she bought, claiming that product she fed her daughter infected her with Salmonella.

Deborah Ali-Kahn of 69 Sixth Ave. on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Pinnacle Foods Inc. of Parsippany-Troy Hills, N.J., and the company that acquired it last Oct. 26 — Conagra Brands Inc. of Chicago.

The suit was filed in state Supreme Court on behalf of Ali-Kahn’s eight-year-old daughter.

Attorney Robert Abdella of Gloversville is representing the plaintiff. He couldn’t be reached Tuesday for comment.

The lawsuit doesn’t indicate a specific monetary damage amount being sought.

Court papers say the defendants are manufacturers, packagers and distributors of various food products, including “Dunkin Hines Classic White Deliciously Moist Cake Mix.”

The suit states that the defendants delivered a shipment of the cake mix to the Walmart store at 329 S. Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville.

Ali-Kahn purchased a box of the cake mix with the bar code 4420930750 from the store. The suit says that last Nov. 4, she made a portion of the mixture, which her daughter consumed and got sick.

The lawsuit indicated the box of Dunkin Hines Classic White Deliciously Moist Cake Mix “was defective in that the cake mix was contaminated with Salmonella …”

According to the Mayo Clinic, Salmonella infection, or salmonellosis, is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food.

Court papers said the cake product the defendants put out to the consumer market should have been “fit for human consumption,” but allegedly wasn’t.

The lawsuit went on to indicate Ali-Kahn’s daughter was rendered sick and disabled and she was injured permanently.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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