Woman finds dead lizard in lettuce bought at Shaw's in Portsmouth

Union Leader Correspondent
February 06. 2018 5:34PM
Michelle Carr posted this photo on Facebook Jan. 22, the day she made a salad and discovered a lizard without a tail in her lettuce. (Courtesy)

KITTERY, Maine — A woman who bought a bag of lettuce that contained a lizard without a tail on it says she wants people to be aware that these things can happen locally.

“This happened in our back yard. This is our community,” Michelle Carr said Tuesday.

Carr said she never purchases lettuce at the grocery store because she grows her own or shops at farmer’s markets, but two weeks ago decided to take a trip to Shaw’s in Portsmouth because she was sleep deprived from caring for her 10-week-old son and opted for the convenience of hitching a ride with her sister.

On Jan. 22, Carr opened the bag of Signature Farms “Crisp and Crunchy” Romaine Hearts and took out a head of lettuce. She said she washed the leaves, broke them apart by hand, put the lettuce in a bowl and added onions, grape tomatoes and an avocado.

Carr said that as she was eating, her fork went into the lizard. When she discovered what was in her bowl, she began to vomit.

“It was absolutely startling and disgusting. It was just completely alarming,” Carr said. “The fact that its tail was missing makes me want to retch all over again.”

Carr said as a farmer, she understands things can happen, but she is frustrated that Shaw’s sent her a letter blaming the distributer.

Teresa Edington, an external communication and community relations manager for Shaw’s, said they are still investigating the issue and would not release the name of the supplier or the location where lettuce was harvested.

“Shaw’s takes all issues regarding the quality and safety of any product sold in our stores very seriously. We were notified of this matter and immediately informed the supplier. We are working with the supplier to determine the cause and the steps needed to prevent this from reoccurring,” Edington said.

Carr said she wants to tell her story because any food she buys at a grocery store should be healthy enough for her and baby Errol, who is 12-weeks-old now. After the lizard incident, she was warned to look for symptoms of salmonella and E. coli for five days.

Carr said she has been notified that the Food and Drug Administration is investigating the incident.

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