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ALTOONA, Pa. -- Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva ruled that Sheetz cannot have access to Pennsylvania Health Department documents related to a salmonella outbreak caused by tomatoes the retailer served in 2004, according to an Associated Press report.
Sheetz has already settled a majority of the lawsuits that resulted from customers getting ill from eating the contaminated tomatoes, but some cases against the company and Coronet Foods, supplier of the tomatoes, are still active. Sheetz wanted to obtain the documents outlining the investigation, citing its importance to the company and other defendants.
But Kopriva ruled that the records were confidential and not public under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know law. Judge Kopriva noted that even if the documents were public, confidential heath records can not be released, the AP reported.