Store-bought lettuce had a 3-inch lizard in it, Maine woman says

Maine woman says she found a dead lizard in store-bought lettuce

Michelle Carr from Kittery, Maine, had a horrific experience when she sat down to enjoy her salad.

The carcass in the food was missing a tail, and Carr isn't sure if she has actually ingested the animal's tail.

A biologist friend believes she found a blue-bellied lizard from California.

"I am not trying to be malicious", she said.

A ME woman claims she found a dead lizard in her salad made with romaine lettuce she bought at a Shaw's supermarket.

The dead reptile was lacking its tail, and Carr said she had no way to know whether she had eaten part of it.

She hopes that others will learn from what happened to her and that consumers should watch what they buy and know where they come from.

Carr said she purchased the bag of store-brand romaine lettuce at the Shaw's supermarket in Portsmouth on January 26. The lettuce is distributed by a company out of California. 'The first time and only time I've ever bought a bag of prepackaged lettuce, this happens.

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Carr and her son never experienced any signs of illness. Carr is anxious that it doesn't result in any bacterial infection as she is breastfeeding her son.

A spokesperson from Shaw's grocery store said the company, "takes all issues regarding the quality and safety of any product sold in our stores very seriously" and has notified the supplier about the issue.

The chances of salmonella and E. coli exposure for her new-born baby has made her consult the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and Shaw's supermarket for answers, which she is yet to receive.

An official from the state health department told the Globe in an e-mail that the matter was referred to the US Food and Drug Administration, since the lettuce was processed out of state, in California.

"I've been breastfeeding nearly non-stop since he was born", said Carr.

"It's not just something you read about in the papers", she said.

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