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Dead Rodent Found Inside Customer’s Subway Sandwich

When buying fast food we must be sure to pay close attention to the food once we receive it. This next post as disgusting as it looks is another example of what happens when establishments are not doing their due diligence to ensure the food they are serving to the public is suitable for human consumption.

A Oregon man purchased a sandwich from Subway and got more than what he paid for when he found a dead rodent mixed between the spinach and cheese.  A friend of the man snapped a photo of the dead creature, immediately informed the manager who sprung into action correcting the situation.  It seems to be determined that the four-legged beady-eyed thing hitched a ride in the bagged spinach products which the name of the company Subway uses had not been made public.

Even though this was an “isolated” situation, it still makes you think though!!

Read more as reported by USA Today:


People who got spinach on their sandwich or salad at a Subway restaurant in Lincoln City earlier this month may have unknowingly eaten food tainted by a dead rodent.

But the state health department said it didn’t put anyone in danger of getting sick.
“They [health inspectors] consulted with physicians and we followed their advice that, although it is not very appetizing, the risk of someone becoming sick due to eating lettuce with those particular circumstances were very low,” explained Cheryl Connell, Dir. Of Lincoln County Health and Human Services.
Matt Jones saw the dead animal in his friend Jay’s sandwich and snapped a photo.

“It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s also the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,” Jones said, recalling his initial reaction. “I laughed because I was like, there is no way this just happened.”

The incident happened on Tuesday, October 6, just before 2 p.m., in a Subway in Lincoln City.

Jones said the employee made his teriyaki chicken sandwich (complete with a splash of spinach) and then started working on his friend Jay’s Italian sub.
Apparently Jay wanted some spinach, too. So the employee scraped the last spoonful out of the bin and plopped it onto the bread, Jones said.
“I got my drink, turned around and they were in shock like something happened,” Jones said. “There was a mouse in there. It was gross.”
KGW called Subway franchise headquarters for comment, and they issued this statement:

“As soon as the customer alerted the owner about what happened, they were immediately given a full refund and an investigation was launched. To be cautious, all of the products in the sandwich unit were disposed of and a thorough cleaning took place, in which the Health Department gave the restaurant a clean bill of health. There were no other complaints made.”
The county health department was immediately notified and “arrived promptly” to conduct an investigation, Connell said.

The inspector studied the dead rodent, the bin it came from and also searched the entire restaurant for any sign of contamination or droppings.
“The investigation determined that the rodent problem did not come from inside the facility. It was probably in a bag of the bagged spinach product, not from the facility itself,” Connell said. Everything was sanitized and cleaned properly afterwards with the help of professional janitorial services.

As for Jones, he returned his sandwich and both he and Jay got full refunds. Jones also called Subway headquarters to file a complaint. He said they didn’t want to sue, just wanted to make sure people were properly notified.

“How many sandwiches prior to that were served and eaten from that same tub of spinach?” he questioned. “I told them they should notify anyone who purchased a sandwich with spinach in it that day and they laughed at me, said it would be impossible for them to track everyone down.”

Connell explained Tuesday that since the State Public Health Division determined this case was not a public health emergency, there was no need to contact other people who had consumed the spinach. Case closed.

KGW contacted Subway headquarters again on Tuesday, to identify the vendor which supplies the Lincoln City restaurant with bagged spinach. Alison Goldberg, Communication Specialist with Subway Franchise World Headquarters, LLC emailed this response: “We don’t share information about our suppliers as this is proprietary.”

Source: USA Today

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