It’s a temperature thing: Woman sickened by bacteria-tainted food at Florida office party sues caterer

A holiday party gone wrong has sparked a lawsuit in Orange County Circuit Court with a food-poisoning victim suing the caterer for more than $15,000, records show.

vomit.diarrhea-300x286Gina Ervin, one of 55 people sickened by bacteria in the food at a December lunch buffet in the Maitland Colonnades office building, has filed a lawsuit against Kitchen Divas.

In the complaint, Ervin accuses the Seminole County-based food service of negligently preparing the food and failing to follow industry-wide standards of reheating and storing the food at proper temperatures.

As a result, Ervin fell “violently ill” and experienced symptoms of food poisoning including cramps, headache and vomiting, the lawsuit states.

Ervin is seeking expenses related to hospitalization and medical care for her condition, the lawsuit states.

The owner of Kitchen Divas did not respond to a request for comment.

The business is now closed, according to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

After the Dec. 10 outbreak, in which 200 people were evaluated, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County identified two bacteria found in the food – staphylococcus aureus (Staph) and Bacillus cereus (B.cereus).

There’s Bacillus on Mars (Chocolate Drinks)

The UK Food Standards Agency has been informed by Mars Chocolate Drinks that it is recalling certain date codes of its milk drinks. This is because they contain elevated levels of a type of bacteria known as Bacillus, which can cause food poisoning. This means the products are a possible health risk to consumers.

5060122030793_1Bottles of sports-cap drinks and 750ml ‘fridge pack’ milk drinks with a ‘best before’ date between or including 19 December 2014 and 11 April 2015 are being recalled. The names of the recalled products are listed below.

Sports-cap bottles

Mars Milk (350ml, 376 ml)

Starburst Strawberry Drink (350 ml)

Bounty Drink (350ml)

Snickers Shake (350ml, 376 ml)

Skittles Wildberry (376 ml)

Galaxy Smooth Milk (350ml, 376 ml)

Milky Way Milk (350 ml)

Mars Caramel Milk (350ml)

Skittles Fruits (350, 376ml)

750ml ‘fridge pack’ bottles

Mars Milk (750 ml)

Galaxy Smooth Milk (750ml)

Skittles Fruits (750 ml)

People who have bought any of these products should not drink them. They should contact the Mars consumer care team