A Florida man who got sick after eating blue dog meat has filed a lawsuit against the company and the state, alleging that the food is unsafe for humans.
John Fazio, 53, filed the lawsuit Monday in Federal District Court in Jacksonville.
Fazion said he had eaten the meat since 2013.
His complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, accuses Blue Dog Food of failing to warn consumers of the risks associated with eating the meat.
Fazio’s lawsuit seeks $1 million in damages.
In the complaint, Fazi said he consumed about six pounds of blue dog in 2015 and that he developed an infection and had a fever after consuming the meat for a month.
He said he was hospitalized for a week, was hospitalized again and then had a second, third and fourth episode of a stomach flu in January.
Fizzie and Blue Dog’s Blue Dog, a restaurant chain based in Atlanta, has been embroiled in several controversies in recent years.
Blue Dog Foods was acquired by Darden Restaurants in 2010.
The company has been under investigation for the sale of tainted meat to restaurants in China, according to court documents.
The restaurant chain also has been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for allegedly selling frozen chicken to restaurants across the country.