Woman found severed finger in her Chopt salad: Lawsuit

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A woman in Connecticut is suing a national salad chain after discovering “bitten pieces of human fingers” in her vegetables.

Allison Cozzi of Greenwich, Conn., made a horrifying discovery in April when she purchased a salad from Chopt Creative Salad Company in Westchester County, according to a lawsuit filed in a New York court.

”[W]”While she was eating her salad, she noticed that she was biting a portion of a human finger that had been mixed into and was part of the salad,” the complaint states.

According to court filings, an employee at the restaurant earlier that day “was chopping up arugula and severed or cut off part of the index finger of his left hand.”

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New York County Supreme Court (Eric McGregor/LightRocket, Getty Images/File)

The employee, who was also the manager of the restaurant, left the restaurant and went to the hospital.

“Contaminated arugula was left on the service line and served to customers, including Plaintiff,” the document states.

The complaint states that as a result of Chopt’s “negligence,” Cozzi suffered “shock, panic attacks, migraine headaches and migraine aggravation, cognitive impairment, traumatic stress and anxiety, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and neck and shoulder pain.”

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Chopt Creative Salad Company (Mount Kisco, New York) (Google Maps)

Local news outlets reported that the investigation numbers identified in the lawsuit match a case initiated by the Westchester County Health Department against Mount Kisco in Chopt, New York. The case resulted in a $900 civil penalty, according to data released by the department.

The complaint states that Chopt did not contest in any way the finding that it had violated the provisions of the New York State Code of Regulations and paid the fine.

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Cozzi is seeking unspecified monetary damages from Chopt for finding human fingers in her arugula. (St. Petersburg)

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Mr. Cozzi is seeking unspecified monetary damages from the company. Her lawyer, Mark Rayban, declined further comment, saying his client did not want to comment to the media.



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