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Food poisoning victim sues company that catered office holiday party

Bacteria in food caused nearly 60 to fall ill at Maitland office party, CDC says

News 6 at 4:00p
News 6 at 4:00p


MAITLAND, Fla. – A catering company is being sued after its buffet at a Maitland company holiday party last year sickened dozens of guests.

The woman suing Kitchen Divas said the company should have to pay for her medical expenses, or $15,000 in damages, according to the lawsuit.

[READ: News 6's original report ]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said bacteria in the food caused 60 people to get food poisoning in December 2014 during an office holiday party at Maitland Colonnades on Lucien Way.

Employees told News 6 they were served food like sliced turkey, ham, stuffing and green beans. They say all 700 employees who work for various companies in the building were invited to the luncheon.

The Florida Department of Health Orange County said in January that it received information from the CDC that food and clinical specimens from the food-borne outbreak tested positive for Staphylococcus aureusand Bacillus cereus.

Other caterers who worked in the commercial kitchen that the owner of Kitchen Divas was licensed out of Winter Springs told News 6 that the owner had made most of the meal at her home.