Thursday, March 24, 2005


A portion of a human finger that a woman says she found while eating a bowl of chili at Wendys Restaurant. (AP Photo/Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health)
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(AP) - A woman bit into a partial finger served in a bowl of chili at California a Wendy's restaurant, leading authorities to a use a fingerprint database Thursday to determine who lost the digit.

The incident occurred Tuesday night at a San Jose Wendy's restaurant and left the customer ill and distraught, said Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Health Department.

"She was so emotionally upset once she found out what it was," Alexiou said. "She was vomiting."

Employees at the Wendy's store were asked to show investigators their fingers after the Tuesday night incident. All employees' digits were accounted for, officials said, adding the well-cooked finger may have come from a food-processing plant that supplies the company.

"All of our employees have ten digits," said Denny Lynch, a spokesman for Wendy's International Inc., based in Dublin, Ohio.

He said there have been no reports to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration of injuries at any supplier of chili ingredients to Wendy's.

"By law, you can't hide that sort of stuff," Lynch said. "All of our chili suppliers report no accidents."

Investigators seized the remaining chili and closed the restaurant for a few hours late Tuesday.
Health officials said the fingertip was approximately four centimetres long. They believe it belongs to a woman because of the long, manicured nail.

Alexiou said the woman who bit into the finger, who asked officials not to identify her, is at minimal risk of contracting illnesses from the finger.

"It's an extremely low chance because the chili was cooked at a very high temperature that would have killed anything in the finger," Alexiou said.

Still, she said health officials would ask the woman's doctor to test her blood "to make sure nothing got passed to her."


Blogger Sheryl said...

Maybe I am just disgusting, but the thought occurs to me to check the rest of the meat for human DNA.

It seems possible that someone may have been murdered and thrown into the meat processor.

Do you remember when they found out that Jack in a Box was selling kangaroo meat instead of beef in their hamburgers? I don't think I will be eating at Wendys any time in the near future. Hope the local Taco Bell and Whataburger don't use the same supplier. Yuck!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I'm not really a big fan of Wormy's, McDogfood or Taco Hell.

When the Pizza Hut was being built here in La Grande about 10 years ago, I had a dream about what the place would look like on the inside when it was done. I was looking around in there, and noticed one end of the main room that had Roman-style pillars and a marble floor. "What's this?" I asked. Someone replied "That's the vomitorium."

3:19 AM  
Blogger The Bird Poop said...

Jeffrey Dommer would have loved this.

5:48 PM  

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