Inmates suing after prison food tested positive for poison

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RIKERS ISLAND, N.Y. (WPIX) - Over a dozen inmates are suing the New York Department of Corrections, saying they became sick after eating prison food.

According to lab testing, meatloaf served to inmates in New York tested positive for highly lethal rat poison.

Officials say the meatloaf contained Brodifacoum, which is used to kill rats.

An attorney for 22 inmates suing the Department of Correction ordered the testing on a sample of meatloaf preserved by one of the inmates.

In court documents, Patricia Feeney, the assistant corrections commissioner, launched an investigation after seeing green and blue specks on food from the kitchen.

"Some of them, once they became sick, threw the tray back under the door, others saved it," said Joanne Squillace, an attorney for the inmates.

The lawsuit claims the inmates suffered nausea, bleeding and vomiting after eating the meatloaf served in March during a lockdown.

The lawsuit also claims the inmates were not given proper medical attention.

A spokesperson for the city law department told WPIX that investigators are continuing to "evaluate all the facts."

"It is premature to draw any conclusions about these lab results because they have not been turned over to the City for review and validation," he said.

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