Regional
3:19 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Family Of NM Man Sues Over Listeria Outbreak

The family of a New Mexico man who died after eating contaminated cantaloupe is suing a produce distribution company, a food-safety firm and Wal-Mart.

A Seattle law firm filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of the family of 77-year-old John Martin of Gallup. The complaint alleges Martin fell ill with a listeria infection after eating a cantaloupe purchased at a Wal-Mart in Gallup in September 2011.

The lawsuit contends the defendants had a duty to ensure the produce they were testing, shipping and selling was safe for consumers. In addition to Wal-Mart, the lawsuit names Frontera Produce and Primus Group.

Martin was one of several New Mexicans who died in 2011 after eating listeria-contaminated cantaloupe. In all, 33 deaths were reported and 147 people were hospitalized in 28 states.

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