May 7, 2009

Man finds snake head in restaurant food

A New York state man said he discovered a severed snake head among the vegetables on his plate at a T.G.I. Friday's restaurant.

Jack Pendleton said he was dining with his girlfriend at the Clifton Park restaurant when he noticed a gray object on his plate under a piece of broccoli, the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union reported Thursday.

I could see these black, rotted eye sockets on the top, he said.

Pendleton said the snake head still had part of a tendon and the spinal chord attached.

Amy Freshwater, a spokeswoman for the restaurant chain, said the company was trying to determine how the snake head wound up in the food.

We are taking this situation very seriously, she said. We immediately pulled the broccoli from this restaurant and began an extensive investigation. As a precautionary measure, we pulled broccoli from all restaurants that received product from this supplier. We have since isolated the specific lot date of the broccoli in question and have now reintroduced the product in all restaurants not included in the product hold.

Pendleton said he filed a complaint with the company but he does not plan to sue.