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Consumer strikes gold, sues General Mills over gold tooth found in biscuit

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 14, 2015

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An Illinois man is suing General Mills after he bit into a Pillsbury biscuit and discovered someone's gold tooth.

Elmo Kane of Tilden filed a lawsuit June 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against General Mills, doing business in St. Clair County, alleging several counts of negligence in the design, manufacture and sale of a biscuit product.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff purchased a sealed can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits Southern Style on Nov. 20, 2014. The suit states that the container had not been previously opened, punctured or otherwise tampered with. 

The plaintiff claims that when he opened the can, baked the biscuits and took a bite, he “bit into someone else’s gold tooth that was in the biscuit”, then immediately placed the can and the tooth into a plastic bag.

Contending that the defendant was negligent in failing to adequately package the product and “to manufacture a product fit for human consumption,” Kane avers pain, anguish, suffering and disability, hospital and other medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, and prevention from attending to usual affairs and duties.

Asserting breach of warranty and strict liability, the plaintiff seeks judgment in his favor for damages of more than $50,000 plus attorney’s fees and costs. Kane is represented by Matthew Young of Kuehn, Beasley & Young in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-359.

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