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Toxic materials in school lunch allegedly sent girl to hospital

During a typical school day, most Ohio middle school students' thoughts are likely on their classwork or their social lives. One thing they are probably not thinking of is the chance that their school-provided lunch might contain toxic materials. In another state, however, this appears to be exactly what occurred.

A complaint was recently filed on behalf of a minor girl by her guardian ad litem, naming as defendant Producer's Dairy Foods Inc. and possibly others. Among a number of complaints, the suit alleges strict product liability and negligence. Apparently, the student was given her lunch at Sequoia Middle School where she attends and, as part of the meal, received orange juice produced by the defendants. After drinking the beverage, the girl's throat began to burn and she started vomiting uncontrollably.

The student was transported to a local children's hospital where she had to be treated for ingestion of a toxic cleaning solution that was apparently in the orange juice, according to the complaint. As such, the plaintiff holds the defendants responsible for their alleged failure to properly train and supervise or monitor employees in the faulty product's preparation. The defendant also stands accused of failing to ensure compliance with its own specifications, performance standards and applicable health regulations.

For the girl's ordeal, the suit requests trial by jury. The plaintiff is seeking general damages to include interest and costs as well as any further relief as the court sees fit. Residents of Ohio who have been injured due to hazardous or toxic materials may benefit from consulting a products liability lawyer who can potentially help them pursue compensation to aid with, among other resultant expenses, medical costs and pain and suffering.

Source:, "Student alleges Producer's Dairy Foods juice contained cleaning solution, caused injuries", Noddy A. Fernandez, July 11, 2017

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