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Witness describes reaction from improperly labeled bread

Posted March 31, 2011

— Jonathan Mull said Thursday that his wife, who suffers from Celiac disease, had the worst reaction he had ever seen after she consumed products from Great Specialty Bread Co.

"She was rolling on the floor writhing in pain and threw up for hours," Mull said in testimony at the trial of Paul Evan Seelig, the owner of Great Specialty.

Authorities say Seelig, of 3105 Cardinal Lake Drive in Durham, sold products falsely labeled as gluten-free, causing dozens of customers to fall ill. He is on trial for fraud.

Sufferers of Celiac disease have negative reactions to gluten which can range from diarrhea and abdominal pain to irritability and depression. In order to avoid those symptoms, they must carefully monitor their diet and avoid foods with gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, barley and rye.


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  • hckyplyr72 Apr 1, 2011

    So prison for mislabeling bread but you can kill someone and be out in 6 months??? HMMMMM

  • mep Mar 31, 2011

    jpt... does not appear to be a "frivolous", nor do the victims appear to be filing for millions of dollars in damages.

    My daughter has life threatening food allergies... if she were to become ill or worse from a person like this ones actions... I'd make sure justice was done by FDA or others... but suing for millions is not going to correct the damage, nor bring my daughter back in the even she were to die.

  • jpt Mar 31, 2011

    Under this proposed tort law change by our wonderful legislature there would be no civil liability as the bread was under the control of the FDA. what a crock! NC is turning a blind eye on our own citizens.

  • anneonymousone Mar 31, 2011

    If he is indeed guilty, Paul Seelig deserves a sentence at least as harsh as that meted out to someone who puts poison in medicine bottles on the shelves. This is unconscionably cruel.