Family sues over salmonella-related death

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The relatives of a 72-year-old woman whose
death may be linked to the widespread peanut butter salmonella
outbreak have sued the operators of a Georgia peanut butter plant
and an Ohio distributor saying their negligence caused her death.

Relatives of Shirley Mae Almer filed the wrongful death lawsuit
Monday.

The complaint says her death was a direct result of eating
peanut putter infected by the same genetic strain of salmonella
linked to the nationwide outbreak.

Almer, who had been staying in a nursing home in Brainerd,
Minn., near her home in central Minnesota, died Dec. 21.

Almer's family alleges Peanut Corp. of America and distributor
King Nut failed to train and supervise employees properly and
failed to make, store and transport their products in a safe
manner.

Neither company immediately returned calls seeking comment
Tuesday.


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