Dangers of Food Allergies and Mislabeling of Products

by | Jan 29, 2024 | Firm News, Personal Injury

In an incident that underscores the perilous dangers of food mislabeling, a New York City professional dancer, Orla Baxendale, aged 25, tragically lost her life. Baxendale suffered anaphylactic shock leading to her death on January 11, 2024 after consuming mislabeled cookies sold at Stew Leonard’s, a popular supermarket chain in the Northeastern United States. This incident casts a spotlight on the critical importance of accurate food labeling, especially for individuals who have severe allergies.

This tragic case brings to the forefront the potential dangers of food allergies. Anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen. In Baxendale’s case, despite her vigilance in checking food labels and the use of an EpiPen during her allergic reaction, the measures were unfortunately ineffective against the severity of her allergy.

The incident emphasizes the need for stringent food labeling standards and heightened awareness among food manufacturers. The risk of allergic reactions poses a significant public health concern, particularly when allergens are not properly disclosed. This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the grave consequences that can arise from lapses in food safety protocols and the vital importance of upholding the highest standards in food manufacturing and labeling.

Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have sustained serious and catastrophic injuries.  The firm has experience in courts across the country and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or as a result of an explosion, or been seriously injured.

The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of food mislabeling.  Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your legal rights.