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Candy Maker's Liability Is in Jury's Hands

May 11, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A Santa Clara County jury will decide whether a Taiwanese sweets maker is responsible for the death of a San Jose girl.

The family of 12-year-old Michelle Enrile sued Sheng Hsiang Jen Foods, alleging that the girl fell into a coma in 1999 after she choked on one of the gel candies. The child died in July 2001.

Based on that and other incidents, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sticky sweet. The girl's family is seeking $16.6 million in damages.

Lawyers for Sheng Hsiang argued that it was unclear what caused the girl to choke.

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