Lawsuit filed over death of dancer with peanut allergy who died after eating mislabeled cookie

The estate of a young dancer who died after eating a mislabeled cookie containing peanuts has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging that failure to properly label the package was gross negligence.

Órla Ruth Baxendale, 25, died Jan. 11 after eating a Florentine cookie sold by grocery retailer Stew Leonard’s and suffering an anaphylactic reaction, according to the lawsuit.

Baxendale, who had a severe peanut allergy, had moved to New York City from England to pursue a career as a dancer and was in “the prime of her life,” according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Waterbury Superior Court. , Connecticut.

Órla Ruth Baxendale, 25, died on January 11 after eating a Florentine cookie sold by grocery retailer Stew Leonard’s and suffering an anaphylactic reaction. (Instagram)

The batch of Christmas cookies sold at Stew Leonard’s stores in Danbury and Newington in Connecticut late last year were later recalled.

The cookies were produced by Long Island-based wholesaler Cookies United and labeled with the Stew Leonard’s brand, state officials said.

Both companies are named in the lawsuit, along with several Stew Leonard employees.

Failure to properly label the cookie package before sale “was extremely negligent, willful, reckless, insensitive, indifferent to human life, and a wanton violation, as the law required the manufacturer and seller to properly declare the ingredients,” according to the lawsuit.

A spokesperson for Stew Leonard’s said they could not comment on pending litigation.

The batch of Christmas cookies sold at Stew Leonard’s stores in Danbury and Newington in Connecticut late last year were later recalled. (AP)

Cookies United’s general counsel did not respond to an email seeking comment late Friday.

Stew Leonard’s said in January that the supplier switched from soy nuts to peanuts in the recipe without notifying its safety director.

Cookies United had said they notified Stew Leonard’s last July that the product contained peanuts and that all products shipped to the retailer had been labeled accordingly.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary and punitive damages.