Soldier sues PepsiCo over foreign matter in Amp

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 5, 2007, 5:12am

A U.S. soldier who served a tour of duty on foreign soil claims a foreign substance was in his energy drink, according to a suit filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court March 1.

Seeking damages in excess of $50,000, Eric Secrist claims after returning from a tour in Iraq in November 2006, he purchased a can of Amp Energy Drink, manufactured by PepsiCo, and consumed a large portion of it.

"About the time that plaintiff consumed some of the Amp Energy Drink, he felt foreign matter in his mouth," the complaint states. "Some of this foreign matter was also ingested."

Secrist claims he examined the contents and found a light greenish solid compound that appeared to be the consistency of latex.

He claims he has been damaged because he was made physically ill from ingesting the contaminated drink, has required medical treatment and suffered distress.

Secrist is represented by Thomas Maag of the Wendler Law Firm in Edwardsville.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron.

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