Two Families Sue Simsbury, CT Dairy, Whole Foods Over Tainted Raw Milk

WEST HARTFORD Two families whose young children became deathly ill in July
2008 from virulent E. coli bacteria in raw milk produced by a Simsbury dairy are
suing the dairy and Whole Foods Market Inc., whose store in West Hartford sold
the tainted milk.

The three children a brother and sister, then 3 and 1, and another girl, then
3 were hospitalized. Two of the children suffered kidney failure from the
poisoning and needed dialysis to recover, the families’ attorney said this week.
“There were real concerns about the children’s survival. They all ended up in
intensive care under the care of pediatric renal specialists,” attorney James D.
Bartolini of the Hartford law firm of RisCassi & Davis said of victims Evan and
Grace Piccioli, now 4 and 2 respectively, and Emma Barringer, now 4. The
Picciolis referred all questions to Bartolini, and the Barringers could not be
reached. Both families live in West Hartford.

The lawsuits, filed in recent weeks at Superior Court in Hartford in the names
of the children’s mothers, seek money for medical expenses, suffering and future
care. The children now lead normal lives, Bartolini said, but their health has
been compromised.

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