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The parents of Chen Efrat, the 26-year-old woman who died from an an allergic
reaction to a nut spread she was served in a Tel Aviv coffee shop, filed a NIS
5.5 million lawsuit in the Tel Aviv District Court Thursday against the La
Goffre Cafe on Rehov Ibn Gavirol.
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Two weeks ago, Chen had dined at La
Goffre with friends. The young woman ordered Belgian waffles, after
explaining to the waitress that she was allergic to nuts and wanted a dessert
with nut-free chocolate.
According to the lawsuit, submitted by Attorney
Ilan Kaner on behalf of Chen’s parents, Chen later told the waitress to check
whether she had inadvertently served her waffles with Nutella spread, which
contains hazlenuts, instead of “Shahar” brand chocolate.
denied it, and claimed that the chocolate was Shahar brand chocolate,” the
lawsuit reads. However, Chen’s dessert did contain the hazlenut
After eating the dessert, Chen suffered a severe allergic
reaction and was rushed to the hospital after extensive resuscitation efforts by
Magen David Adom paramedics.
Despite treatments to stabilize her
condition, Efrat’s condition deteriorated rapidly. She passed away a week
According to the lawsuit, Chen’s parents, Malka and Yuval Efrat, are
seeking to understand the circumstances of the error that cost their daughter’s
“The plaintiffs know that the deceased ordered Belgian waffles with
nut-free chocolate, and that she received, by mistake, a dessert with nuts – but
they do not know the circumstances of that error. Did the waitress make a
mistake in the order she gave to the kitchen? Did the chef make a mistake?” the
In their lawsuit, the Efrats claim that La Goffre was
negligent for a number of reasons, including failing to properly inform diners
about the dishes they served, failing to establish appropriate communication
channels between waitstaff and kitchen staff and failing to train staff to deal
with special food requests from diners.
The plaintiffs also accuse La
Goffre of possibly destroying or removing evidence. According to the suit, after
the event that led to Chen’s death “it became clear that one of the defendants,
or someone connected to them, took care to conceal evidence that might have shed
light on the causes of the error.”
It is also alleged that an undercover
investigation carried out after the event revealed that the coffee shop had an
around-the-clock closed-circuit- camera system. However, the video tapes for the
past month are missing, the suit claims.
The suit states that Chen had
been living in Tel Aviv, but last year returned to her hometown of Eilat to help
care for her parents.
Her mother has cancer and her father suffers from
Judy Siegel contributed to this report.