You may want to think twice before consuming your traditional Thanksgiving soy turkey.
With the filing of a suit in Florida earlier this month, there are now at least two cases moving forward challenging states' use of soy in prison food as cruel and unusual punishment.
• Two lawsuits, one source of protein
• Two takes on soy
• Too much is too cruel?
In Florida, a 34-year-old inmate serving a life sentence for sexual battery on a child, filed a lawsuit against the state in early November, claiming the soy-meat mixtures he eats at the Clermont state prison are causing him painful gastrointestinal cramping and are threatening the health of his thyroid, says the Orlando Sentinel.
The meat has been mixed with soy in a 50-50 combination since 2009, reports a Florida news station. The move was made to save money. The state now spend $1.70 a day feeding each inmate.
A similar suit in Illinois, on the books since 2009, got the green light for trial after a judge there declined to dismiss the case in September, according to the Examiner.
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