CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A local man is seeking compensation after he says he bit down on a piece of beef jerky and broke his tooth on the bone that was inside that stick.
Benjamin Stout claims last December he bought the Dollar Pack’s, bit into the strip and broke his back molar in half. He immediately contacted the manufacturer, Jack Links, a Wisconsin based company. Eight months later, his case is still in the works and he says all he wants is that company to pay for his less than thousand dollar dental bill.
E-mails dating back to January show a back and forth conversation about documents needed to complete the claim file and confirmations that something is being done. Stout says he has young nephews and the most important factor in this case is not his broken tooth, but the principle at stake.
“I am sure one of the boys would’ve chocked on it and I think that’s also one of the biggest thing, that it’s a safety issue they should be responsible,” says Stout.
In a statement Jack Link’s sent to NewsWatch 12 they explain the hold up, saying, “We are currently working with the original meat supplier to determine the source of any potential issue.”
But their meat supplier says differently. Minutes before NewsWatch12 met with Stout, the supplier sent this email saying, “Even with each of these documents, we have been unable to retrace the process by which you determine that it was our product that was incorporated into the beef jerky original stick.”
Up to this point, Stout says he has avoided getting attorneys involved. Stout says he is hoping to settle this debate out of court, but will seek legal advice if a resolution is not reached soon.