Consumer reports lizard in salad

A Maine woman said she found this lizard in her salad. ( Rich Beauchese/Seacoastonline )

A woman in Maine said she found a dead lizard in her bagged salad.

Michelle Carr reported finding the 3-inch lizard in a bag of lettuce she bought on Jan. 26. Carr, of Kittery, Maine, told television station WMUR of Manchester, N.H., that she reported it to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, which referred her to California health officials because that’s where the product was grown and shipped.

She also reported the lizard to the Food and Drug Administration.

“The FDA takes consumer complaints very seriously and is looking into the matter,” Peter Cassell, press officer in the FDA’s Office of Media Affairs, said in an e-mail. “To date, we have not received any other related complaints and the FDA will promptly alert consumers if we find that they need to take any action to protect health.”

Carr has not reported an illness related to the incident.

Carr said she reported the information to the Portsmouth, N.H., Shaw’s where she bought the salad, which informed the supplier.

WMUR’s report included a picture of Shaw’s Signature Farms romaine hearts; other media reports refer to a bagged salad.

Cassell said consumers who have an adverse reaction or found something unusual in a food product should report to their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.

 

 

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