Customer blames Publix, sausage maker for shattered tooth

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 12, 2018

CLEARWATER — A customer is suing a sausage company and and Publix, alleging breach of warranty, negligence and strict liability for causing the plaintiff's tooth to fracture.

Rodney Cravens filed a complaint Feb. 20 in Pinellas Circuit Court against Johnsonville LLC and Publix Super Markets Inc., alleging they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of its consumers.

According to the complaint, on May 27, 2014, Cravens purchased a Johnsonville sausage product at the Publix in Dunedin, Florida. On May 29, 2014, the suit says, one of Cravens' teeth was traumatically fractured by a dangerously hard, harmful object that was in the sausage manufactured by Johnsonville. Cravens says he sustained pain, physical handicap and disfigurement, and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Johnsonville and Publix Super Markets failed to warn or give adequate notice of the latent dangers of the sausage product, failed to properly inspect its sausage product and failed to remove all unreasonably dangerous hard objects from the sausage.

Cravens seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of court costs and interest. He is represented by attorney Eduardo R. Latour of Latour & Associates PA in Tarpon Springs.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18-CA-1084

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