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Lawsuits Begin in Sheetz Salmonella Cases

PITTSBURGH -- The first lawsuits were filed Monday in connection with the salmonella outbreak in Pennsylvania, reported

A Pennsylvania couple, James and Suzanne Groves, has sued Wheeling, W. Va.-based produce supplier Coronet Foods, claiming they became ill from salmonella after eating sandwiches at a Sheetz convenience store because of contaminated Roma tomatoes supplied by the company.

Pennsylvania agriculture officials announced that an unopened bag of the tomatoes from the company found at a Sheetz store tested positive for salmonella.

James Groves and his wife said they ate sandwiches from a Sheetz store on July 2, and went to the hospital the following day with flu-like symptoms. Tests confirmed he was sickened by salmonella bacteria. His wife suffered from similar symptoms but did not test positive for the bacteria. The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages.

Also, Bill Marler filed suit on behalf of six people in Butler County, Pa., who said they became sick after eating at Sheetz around July 4. Marler is also going after the supplier who provided the food.

It's estimated that 110 people in 12 Pennsylvania counties came down with salmonella symptoms. Testing of produce, cheese and mayonnaise samples from Sheetz stores continues but no new results have been reported.

Sheetz has changed its produce supplier to Taylor Farms in Annapolis, Md.
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