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Woman in New York passes away from consuming mislabeled cookies with peanuts


HARTFORD, Conn. – ⁢Tragedy struck when a New York City woman, Órla Baxendale, passed away after consuming a mislabeled​ cookie that contained peanuts. The​ cookie⁣ was part of a batch that has since been recalled by Stew Leonard’s, a grocery store chain.

Stew Leonard’s announced the recall of Vanilla‍ Florentine Cookies sold in its Danbury and ⁤Newington stores in Connecticut from Nov. ‍6 to Dec. 31. It was‌ revealed that about 500 packages of the holiday cookies were sold, posing a potential risk to those with peanut allergies.

The mislabeled⁣ cookies, produced by Long Island-based wholesaler​ Cookies United and labeled with the Stew Leonard’s brand name, contained peanuts as an unlisted ⁢ingredient. This led to a fatal allergic reaction in ⁢Órla Baxendale, who tragically passed away ‌on Jan. 11 after suffering from anaphylactic ​shock.

Baxendale, originally from East Lancashire in‍ England, had moved to New York City to pursue a career ​as a dancer. Her passion for dance extended beyond a ‍single ⁤discipline, as ‌she was an exquisite ballet, contemporary, and Irish step dancer, according ⁤to an online ​obituary.

Stew Leonard Jr., president and CEO of the retailer, expressed his shock and disappointment in a video posted on Wednesday, stating that the supplier had changed the recipe from soy nuts to peanuts without‍ notifying their chief safety officer.

However,‌ Cookies United released a statement claiming that⁢ they had notified Stew Leonard’s‌ last July that the product contained peanuts and that all products shipped to the retailer ⁤had been ‍labeled accordingly. They placed the blame on Stew Leonard’s ‌for the‍ incorrect label.

This⁣ tragic incident ⁢serves⁢ as a reminder of⁤ the importance of accurate food labeling and the ‌potential dangers of allergens in food products.⁤ It also highlights the need for stricter regulations⁣ and oversight in the food ⁤industry ​to prevent similar incidents from⁢ occurring in the future.

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  1. So sorry to hear about this tragic incident. It’s a reminder of the importance of accurate food labeling to prevent similar accidents in the future.

  2. I am deeply saddened to hear about this tragic incident. It highlights the urgency for stricter food labeling regulations to prevent similar accidents in the future.


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