OUTSHINE FAN BARS is the most popular fruit bar in America, but it also is the first to be caught in the middle of a global food fight.
A Florida judge has fined the company more than $1 million for not informing customers of the dangers of consuming the fruit.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge John T. McGraw Jr. of Palm Beach Gardens ordered Sunshine Fruit to pay $1.3 million in damages to a Florida couple, whose four children contracted the disease.
The couple bought a bottle of orange juice for their 10-year-old daughter.
It was the first case of its kind in Florida, the nation’s second-largest state, where Sunshine Fruit is the nation, and the third such case to reach that stage in the state.
The couple and the children had the disease and were given antibiotics to treat it, according to a news release from Sunshine.
They were given two doses of the drug, according the release.
“The products contain no other fruits and vegetables, which are important to prevent disease,” the release said.
At first, the products contained no orange juice at all, but the couple’s daughter developed food poisoning after eating the juice.
When she was hospitalized, she developed a fever and abdominal cramps and was given antibiotics, according.
The product was never sold in Florida until a judge in Miami ordered it recalled, according Sunshine.
The Florida Department of Agriculture issued a warning that “foodborne illness can be transmitted through contact with fruits and citrus.”
The agency has since taken the precautionary measure, ordering Sunshine to stop selling the products in the Sunshine region.
“As we’ve learned more about the risk of this outbreak, we’ve taken this step to halt the production and distribution of these products,” said Steve Sarno, a spokesman for the Florida Department Of Agriculture.
Sunshine Fruit’s product is made from citrus trees and has been sold in more than 100 countries.