Written by Robert J. Matthews
Stew Leonard's, responsible for recalling the cookies, is 'devastated' by the loss of Órla Baxendale, who died from an acute EpiPen allergy.
On January 11, Órla Baxendale, a 25-year-old dancer with a severe nut allergy, died of anaphylactic shock after eating cookies without peanuts listed on the label.
Baxendale traveled to New York from East Lancashire, England, to dance, according to a statement from the family's attorneys, Howard S.
She was radiant and fearless, pursuing her aspirations tirelessly and leaving an everlasting imprint on everyone who knew her "they said.
Stew Leonard's, the local grocery store that sold Baxendale's Vanilla Florentine cookies at an event, recalled 500 boxes with the FDA.
Danbury and Newington were their two Connecticut locations that sold seasonal products from Nov. 6 to Dec. 31, 2023. Their best-by date was Jan. 5, 2024.
Baxendale's attorney Adime said the dancer had an EpiPen but her allergy was too severe in a second statement.
Stew Leonard Jr. released a video offering sympathy. "We're sad today. He said we're devastated and depressed.