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Woman hospitalized in Alabama says Goldfish gave her salmonella, files 1st lawsuit

Pepperidge Farm recalls Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Goldfish Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel over Salmonella concerns. (Pepperidge Farm via MGN)

COLUMBUS, Ala. (WBMA) - A 26-year-old Mississippi woman who was hospitalized in two Alabama hospitals says it's because of Goldfish -- and she's suing.

Bailey Finch, a Columbus mother, filed the nation's first lawsuit since Pepperidge Farm's massive salmonella-related recall. Finch's suit says she ate Goldfish Flavor Blasted Extra Cheddar on July 19, four days before the company's voluntary recall. Finch was treated for severe stomach problems at DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa before being rushed to UAB Hospital with organ failure and collapsed veins, her attorneys say. She was released after four days, and is currently back home recuperating.

According to the suit, Pepperidge Farm failed to warn consumers of the threat, which it should have eliminated during the manufacturing process.

"Salmonella kills. Pepperidge Farm failed in their duty to ensure that the food they produce is safe to eat, and as a result, our client almost lost her life," said Finch's attorney Bobby LeMoine, of Cory Watson Attorneys of Birmingham, Alabama.

Finch is seeking damages from Pepperidge Farm and its ingredient manufacturer Associated Milk Producers, Inc. for "medical expenses, mental and physical pain, emotional distress, lost wages and future medical expenses."

"We want to make sure everyone who [has] purchased Goldfish recently knows of the salmonella risk and takes the proper precautions to protect their families ... [Goldfish] are often served as snacks in Sunday school and packed in school lunches. These tainted Goldfish truly pose a serious public health threat," said assisting attorney Patrick S. Wooten, of Richard Schwartz & Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

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