Inmate sues over finger in veggie meal

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Inmate sues over finger in veggie meal - 07/26/05 01:46 PM

A California prison inmate has sued a Florida food packager after biting into a human fingertip in one of its packaged vegetarian meals, his lawyer said on Friday.

Felipe Rocha, imprisoned on drug charges in California's maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison, is seeking at least $75,000 in damages from G.A. Food Services after biting into the fingertip lost by one of the company's workers in an industrial accident, said attorney Jeffrey Schwarzschild.

The St. Petersburg, Florida-based food packager could not be reached for comment.

The company has apologized for the March incident but Rocha was not satisfied, said Schwarzschild.

"He suffered mental and physical injuries because of it because Mr. Rocha is a vegetarian," Schwarzschild said. "He became violently ill and couldn't eat because of the incident and he lost 15 pounds (7 kg)."

Rocha filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

In nearby San Jose, California, a Las Vegas couple face charges they planted a human finger in a bowl of chile at a local Wendy's International Inc. restaurant in a case that has drawn international attention.

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