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Suit: Tinley Park Jewel-Osco food gave boy salmonella

Updated: July 23, 2014 6:45AM



A woman is suing a Tinley Park grocery store, claiming her son contracted salmonella from food purchased at the deli earlier this month.

Colleen Ghelfi filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court Friday against Jewel-Osco, claiming her son became ill after eating food purchased at the store’s deli on June 3.

The boy experienced “severe gastrointestinal symptoms” including diarrhea and abdominal cramps, and later tested positive for a salmonella infection after an emergency room visit June 10, according to the suit.

The suit claims the Cook County Health Department was notified on June 14 about a salmonella outbreak linked to the store’s deli. The store, located at 171st Street and Harlem Avenue, temporarily closed the deli that same day, according to the suit.

Nine cases of salmonella have been linked to the outbreak, according to the suit.

The health department could not immediately be reached to comment on the claims Friday.

The three-count suit charges Jewel Osco with product liability, negligence and breach of warranty in connection with the outbreak. It is seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages.

A spokesperson for Jewel-Osco could not immediately be reached for comment on the suit Friday.



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