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卡夫花生里发现牙齿被起诉

2006-05-24 17:39CRI Online

Reported Mammalian Molar No Toothsome Treat for Litigious Peanut-Popper

An Illinois man is suing Kraft Foods Inc., claiming he found what appeared to be a rodent tooth in a package of Planters peanuts he bought last year.

Carl Cornett, 52, filed the lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court, seeking up to $55,000 in damages from the nation's largest food company. It was not immediately clear when the suit was filed.

A spokeswoman for Kraft, which packages Planters peanuts in Arkansas and Virginia, declined comment Tuesday to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Laurie Guzzinati said the Northfield, Ill.-based company does not discuss pending litigation. The company did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press Wednesday.

The suit alleges that Cornett bought the peanuts at an O'Fallon store last August and later was eating them at his home when he bit into a "non-human animal tooth." Cornett's attorney, Jack Johnston, said the tooth "looks like it would be from a herbivorous rodent of some type."

According to the lawsuit, Cornett became physically and mentally ill, worried that he might have exposed himself to disease.

Johnston said Kraft asked him to submit the tooth for testing. Johnston declined, saying he refused to part with the evidence.


一名美国男子目前正在起诉该国最大的食品生产商——卡夫食品公司。其原因是,他在去年购买的一包该公司生产的花生食品中,发现了一个类似于啮齿类动物牙齿的东西。

据美联社5月17日报道,现年52岁的卡尔·科内特近日已经向美国伊利诺伊州圣克莱尔县巡回法庭提出了诉讼,要求卡夫食品公司支付他5.5万美元的赔偿金。而卡夫公司的女发言人劳里·古齐纳蒂日前拒绝就此事向当地媒体发表看法。

起诉书中称,去年8月份,科内特在美国奥法隆市的一家商店里购买了一包花生,他回到家吃花生时从中发现了一颗“非人类的动物牙齿”。科内特的律师杰克·约翰斯顿说,这颗牙“看起来像是某种食草的啮齿类动物的牙。”

起诉还说,科内特无论是身体上还是精神上都因此感到不适,他担心自己可能已经得病了。约翰斯顿说,科内特曾让他将这颗牙齿交给有关部门鉴定,但他拒绝了。因为,他不想让这一重要证据出现任何闪失。

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