HOUSTON - Claiming a frozen dinner she ate more than six months ago contained a large rock that broke her tooth, Houston resident Tara Brivic is suing the meal's maker.
A lawsuit filed Nov. 18 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas blames Nestle USA Inc. for not spotting said rock before placing the dinner on the market.
Brivic bought a Lean Cuisine Mushroom Mezzuluna Ravioli dinner from an unnamed grocery store last April 21 and ate it the next day.
According to the suit, the plaintiff "bit into a large rock" while eating the ravioli.
Suffering the aforementioned broken tooth, she required oral surgery.
The suit shows the procedure required the surgeon "to cut open her gum and jawbone in order to remove the remaining root of the tooth and to graft new bone."
It adds Brivic is still not fully recovered from the injury and will require another operation to finish the reconstruction of her purportedly injured mouth.
She estimates post-operative care will last "at least one year" from the reported date of her injury.
The meal was reportedly the subject of a recall earlier this year after consumers complained about finding small fragments of glass in the ravioli portion of the entree.
A jury trial is requested.
Attorney Tad Rice of The Rice Law Firm in Houston is representing the complainant.
Case No. 4:13-CV-3410