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Baby sues Virgin Airlines for listeria poisoning before he was born

A baby whose mum suffered food poisoning from in-flight food while she was pregnant is named as the plaintiff in case against Virgin Airlines

Posted: 24 May 2011
by Kimberley Smith
Listeria chicken sandwich
Generally chicken is safe but it needs to be cooked through and best eaten piping hot

Virgin Airlines is being sued by a baby whose mum was a passenger on the company’s Australia flight during her pregnancy. On the flight, mum Renee Cherry contracted listeria poisoning from eating the in-flight chicken roll snack.

Listeria is a bacterial infection that pregnant women are more susceptible to than others. Often symptoms are mild but the bacteria can cross the placenta and be harmful to the developing baby.

Renee has filed a lawsuit in her son Zayd’s name, requesting damages for the “injury” her son suffered as a result of her food poisoning. In her statement she described finding out she had contracted listeria as “every mother’s worst nightmare.”

The baby has been reported as suffering gastro-intestinal problems, developmental delay and anxiety as a result of contracting listeria in the womb. He is suing for medical expenses and lack of prospective income.

Food poisoning is unpleasant to get in pregnancy and you’re more susceptible to it as your immune system is heightened. If you’re pregnant, listeria is something to watch out for. Make sure you practice good food hygiene. Find out more about foods to avoid in pregnancy, how to eat safe at summer BBQs and what to watch for with raw food.

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