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OFF BEAT: Man sues after claiming to find animal toe in spinach dip


A New York man filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a spinach artichoke dip and the store he bought it from after allegedly ingesting an unidentified animal body part.

Andrew Brodsky this week sued Sabra Dipping Co. L.L.C. and Fairway East 86th Street L.L.C. for negligence and strict liability, among other allegations, claiming that while consuming Sabra’s dip that he purchased from Fairway, he found some kind of animal toe with the nail still attached, according to court documents.

Mr. Brodsky said he “was caused to sustain severe and permanent personal injuries when the aforesaid foreign object entered his mouth,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan.

“It’s been pretty traumatic for him,” Mr. Brodsky’s attorney, Michael Schlesinger of Julien & Schlesinger P.C., said in a report. “The nail of the specimen touched his tongue and he had the thing in his mouth. And it's totally, physically sickening to him."

According to the suit, Mr. Brodsky claims to have sustained numerous personal injuries, including emotional distress; was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled; and suffered mental anguish and anxiety.

Since the incident, Mr. Brodsky has altered his eating habits, avoiding packaged foods and people eating them—the sight of which makes him sick, Mr. Schlesinger said in media reports.

Fairway declined to comment officially, according to news reports.

A Sabra spokeswoman said the company employs “rigorous” quality control, according to news reports.