Cincinnati woman sues after botulism diagnosis

Published: Sep. 11, 2014 at 1:58 AM EDT
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VR Green Farms jars.
VR Green Farms jars.

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A local woman who was diagnosed with botulism is suing the manufacturer of a pesto sauce, claiming their product led to her 38-day hospitalization and caused her to lose a scholarship.

Kathryn Napierski consumed VR Green Farms Pine Nut Basil Pesto on July 13, two weeks before health officials warned consumers of the potential botulism contamination of jarred food products from VR Green Farms, according to the lawsuit.

Related: Two Cincinnati residents hospitalized with botulism

Lawyers say Napierski is a full-time student who resides in Cincinnati. She reportedly ordered the jarred pesto, which is made in California, online in May.

Another Cincinnati resident consumed the same pesto and also was diagnosed with botulism. Their condition is unknown, but representatives for Napierski claim she continues to experience symptoms from her brush with the illness.

The lawsuit has been filed in California by a food safety firm on behalf of Napierski.

VR Breen Farms voluntarily recalled the pesto as well as five other sauces in July.

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