By: Ann Solomon Syndicated reporter for Montana News
Syndicated by: Montana news
Natick (Mass) John and Elissa Russo, who are residents of Massachusetts, has filed suit with Panera Bread in behalf of their 6 year old daughter was served peanut butter on a grilled cheese sandwich.
The little girl was allergic to peanuts, so the parents assumed that a grilled cheese sanwich was a safe option. When they placed her order, they made it plain that their daughter had a peanut allergy. They reiterated that fact just to make sure that she wasn't given anything that came in contact with peanuts.
As they waited for their meal, unbeknownst to them, the cook had spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on her sandwich! Who has ever even heard of a peanut butter on a grilled CHEESE sandwich?!?!
It is unknown whether there was a language barrier (the restaurant claimed that there was )with the employee or whether he or she just wasn't paying attention to the parents warning.
Another possibility that we would rather not think about and that is whether this was done in malice.
After a few bites the little girl was sickened by the tainted sandwich.
The parents knew something was immediately wrong after she took just a few bites and started to vomit. She then became afraid and asked her parents if she was going to die.
The frantic parents called the peditrician who told them to give her some Benedryl.
Jonathan Yohannan, a Panera spokesman, said in a statement he Made to USA TODAY, that the company takes "issue of food allergens, including the reported incident at our franchise bakery-cafe, very seriously.
He also exclaimed that the company has procedures to minimize exposure and to risk guests, and noted that Pan era does not comment on pending litigation.
Panera does have a disclaimer on its website that the company "cannot guarantee" and food items are free of allergens because employees uses shared equipement. Russo lawyer, Mary Vargas of Maryland and Laurel Francoeur of Woburn, told the Globe, this isn't a case of cross contamination case."
Vargas also told the Globe "There was a lot of peanut butter on the sandwich."