It's never a good sign when a health inspector is denied access to a McDonald's kitchen and is only allowed to enter after threatening to file an administrative complaint. It's even worse when the inspector discovers a host of problems, most notably 25 to 30 dead roaches and five more live ones. WTSP News in Tampa, Florida investigated this McDonald's after a customer filed a complaint in May saying that a live roach fell from the ceiling and into their chicken nuggets. As it turned out, that roach was one among many.
The health inspector was eventually allowed access back in May, but when WTSP visited the McDonald's a few weeks later, the camera crew was not allowed to film the kitchen. They did find "numerous flying insects" around the restaurant, as well as food on the floor. However, WTSP notes that they visited just after the lunch rush, making those findings less unexpected.
McDonald's issued a statement explaining that the company cares deeply about cleanliness and safety, and that the inspector's blocked visit "was the result of confusion between the inspector and McDonald's protocol."
Here's are some of the critical violations the inspector observed (full list of violations here):
- Grease accumulating under the cooking equipment
- Food and standing water on the floor
- Toxic item near the utensils
- 25-30 dead roaches under the front service counter
- 5 live roaches near the kitchen sink
- Ceiling soiled with accumulated food debris
Mealbreakers: The Worst Things Found In Food
Parasite In Whole Fish
In April 2013, a supermarket shopper discovered a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/tongue-eating-louse-supermarket-fish_n_3111599.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">tongue-eating louse</a> inside a whole fish.
Snake In Bread
In April 2013, a Redditor discovered a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/snake-bread_n_3084798.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">snake baked in bread</a>.
Mold In Minute Maid
In March 2103, a Redditor discovered <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/14/mold-minute-maid-orange_n_2879519.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">gross mold</a> in a Minute Maid can.
'Wrinkled Brain' In KFC Chicken
In January 2013, a student discovered a f<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/ibrahim-langoo-brain-kidney-kfc_n_2425917.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">ried kidney that looked like a brain</a> in KFC chicken.
Black Widow Spider In Whole Foods Grapes
A Connecticut woman, Nora Weiss, received a shock in December when she found a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/nora-weiss-black-widow-spider-grapes_n_2245459.html" target="_hplink">live black widow spider tucked amongst the organic grapes she'd recently purchased from Whole Foods</a>. A representative for the grocery chain stressed that the "safety of our shoppers is incredibly important." Weiss received a full refund.
Nose Ring In McDonald's Breakfast Burrito
In November, Frances Rosario found a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/frances-rosario-atlanta-mom-nose-ring-mcdonalds-burrito-video_n_2218190.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">nose ring in her daughter's breakfast burrito at an Atlanta area McDonald's</a>. Rosario said she was rudely rebuffed by the McDonald's staff and received no response from McDonald's corporate office.
Plastic Fragments In Chicken Enchiladas
In November, nearly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/enchilada-recall_n_2056970.html" target="_hplink">11,400 pounds of frozen chicken enchiladas were recalled</a> by Food Source, L.P. because they might have contained plastic fragments. The products, 57-oz. boxes of "Bremer Party Size White Meat Chicken Enchiladas," were shipped to stores in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Live Frog In Walmart Greens
Before Dwanita Pitman of Minneola, Fla. could open her bag of Marketside greens that she purchased at a Walmart on Thursday, Oct. 18, she noticed a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/frog-in-salad-bag-walmart_n_2010923.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">live frog camped out inside</a>.
Dead Frog In Spinach Greens
Londoner Sarah Moss was disturbed to find a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/dead-frog-spinach-salad_n_1896701.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">dead frog in her bag of spinach greens</a> that she'd purchased from grocery chain Tesco. Tesco at first refused to compensate Moss, but ended up forking over a £10 gift voucher.
Moth Larvae In Clif Bar
Redditor DonutPlains got a shock when he unwrapped a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/clif-bar-moth-larvae_n_1935436.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">Clif Bar to find it covered with moth larvae</a>. A company representative refuted the notion that the bugs got into the packaging at the factory, suggesting instead that they entered in transit or in the poster's pantry. Still, the Clif Bars rep offered to send along some replacement bars.
Finger In Arby's Sandwich
A Michigan teenager found a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/17/finger-arbys-sandwich_n_1524129.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">human finger in his Arby's sandwich</a> in May of this year. It belonged to a worker who sliced the appendage at the restaurant's meat slicer.
Raw Chicken Sandwich At KFC
An image posted to Reddit in September showed what could be the worst KFC ever: an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/kfc-raw-chicken-sandwich-photo_n_1890067.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">raw chicken sandwich</a>. Worse yet, a bite was missing. The incident allegedly took place in Ontario, Canada.
Syringe In Campbell's Soup
Caveat: this one was definitely fake. A man was caught trying to extort money from Campbell's by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/23/daniel-ferris-campells-syringe_n_2005140.html?utm_hp_ref=mealbreakers" target="_hplink">planting a syringe in his can of soup</a> in Australia in October 2012.
Worms In KFC Sandwich
A family found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/worms-in-kfc-fried-chicked_n_1949704.html?1351102868" target="_hplink">live worms in a KFC fried chicken sandwich</a> at an outpost outside Kerala, in southern India, in early October 2012 -- prompting a huge investigations of the KFCs throughout the region.
Plastic Shards In McDonald's Cookie
An Oklahoma woman cut her tongue on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/mcdonalds-cookie_n_1928954.html" target="_hplink">sharp shards of plastic she found in a McDonald's cookie</a> in September 2012.
KFC Workers Served Expired Chicken
In September, workers at a Conroe, Texas KFC location <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/kfc-spoiled-chicken-conroe-texas_n_1876870.html" target="_hplink">allegedly served spoiled chicken that was 16 days old</a> -- six days later than the KFC policy allows.
Rusty Razor Blade Found In Jolly Ranchers Bag
California mother Amy Hu was horrified to find an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/razor-blade-jolly-ranchers_n_1723814.html" target="_hplink">old, rusty razor blade in a bag of Jolly Ranchers</a>.
Lizard Found Baked Into Bread
In July, 10-year-old William Evans from Hawkchurch, England, found what he claims was a lizard baked into a loaf of bread.
Spider In Chef Boyardee Ravioli
In June of 2012, Florida resident Victoria Harrah claims she got quite a shock recently when a piece of beef ravioli from a can of Chef Boyardee contained an unwelcome additive: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/spider-in-chef-boyardee-ravioli-can_n_1597369.html" target="_hplink">a large spider</a>.
Used Band-Aid In Chinese Food
In June of 2012, a New York man found this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/used-band-aid-chinese-food_n_1586719.html" target="_hplink">used Band-Aid</a> in his delivery order from a local Chinese restaurant.
Cockroach In McD Hash Brown
In May 2012, Reddit user LinkBoyJT posted an image Wednesday that might make your skin crawl. After ordering a McDonald's hash brown and eating most of it, he says he was startled to find what he claims was a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/roach-mcdonalds-hash-browns_n_1520862.html" target="_hplink">deep-fried insect stuck to the bottom half</a>.
Chewed Up Pen Found In Ground Beef
In April 2012, a worker discovered a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/chewed-up-pen-ground-beef_n_1467777.html" target="_hplink">pen in a meat grinder</a> after some of the meat was likely already for sale.
Woman Finds Razor Blade In McDonald's Breakfast
In April 2012, an Illinois woman ordered eggs from McDonald's and apparently discovered a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/18/razor-blade-mcdonalds-breakfast_n_1435658.html?1335887776" target="_hplink">razor blade beneath them</a>. The managers explained to police that razors are used to "clean tight corners"... whatever that means.
Maggot In Wendy's Fries Alleged
In March 2012, a woman claimed she found a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/maggot-in-wendys-fries_n_1388291.html" target="_hplink">live maggot</a> in her fries. According to Wendy's, the local health department determined that a Noctuid Moth larva, found only in outdoor habitats, was provided to them by the woman as the "maggot." The health department found no evidence of any health violations in follow-up inspections of the Wendy's facility after the woman's claim. <em>Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/theimpulsivebuy/" target="_hplink">Flickr: theimpulsivebuy</a></em>
McFeather In McNugget
In March 2012, a woman claims she found a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/mcnugget-has-feather_n_1367461.html?ref=food&ir=Food" target="_hplink">McFeather in her McNugget.</a>
Animal Toe In Spinach Artichoke Dip
Andrew Brodsky, 35, found an unidentified animal toe</a> in his container of Sabra Spinach & Artichoke dip.
Coil In Fried Chicken
In January 2012, fifty-year-old bus driver Lajzer Grynsztajn claims he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/30/man-swallows-2-inch-coil_n_1242472.html?1330621038" target="_hplink">nearly choked to death</a> on such a coil after ordering two chicken breasts and fries from JFK Fried Chicken in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. <em>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrea_nguyen/6242324853/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr user: Andrea_Nguyen</a></em>
Mouse In Big Mac Buns
In January 2011, a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/mouse-in-big-mac_n_1210372.html?" target="_hplink">mouse got trapped in a bag of Big Mac buns</a> at a Philadelphia McDonald's.
Whopper Spit Case
A deputy sheriff alleges that someone spit in his Whopper...and the case has made it to the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/11/whopper-spit-case-edward-bylsma_n_1200044.html" target="_hplink">Supreme Court</a> as of January 2012.
Semen In Yogurt
A grocery store worker <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/semen-tainted-yogurt-anthony-garcia_n_998868.html" target="_hplink">pleaded guilty to handing out a semen-tainted yogurt sample</a> at an Albuquerque market.
Fingertip In Applebee's Salad
Louisiana woman Mary Deal Chambers-Johnson sued Applebee's for damages after she claimed a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/08/fingertip-applebees-salad_n_954530.html" target="_hplink">fingertip in her lunch salad</a> gave her post-traumatic stress disorder.
Fly In Yogurt
A Chinese woman found a fly in her yogurt in July 2011. When she asked for compensation, the manufacturer asked her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/11/mealbreakers-yogurt-fly-autopsy_n_924617.html" target="_hplink">to prove that the fly had died before she opened the container -- by getting the insect autopsied</a>. (Flies can not be autopsied.)
Bloody Bandaid In Pizza Hut Pizza
An upstate New York man found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/01/mealbreakers-bandaid-pizza-hut_n_915489.html#s319946&title=Disemboweled_Mouse_In" target="_hplink">a bloody bandaid in baked into the crust of his Pizza Hut pizza</a> in June of 2011. He sued after the company failed to address his concerns.
Disemboweled Mouse In Packaged Salad
A couple found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/30/mealbreakers-mouse-salad-blt-blood_n_887882.html" target="_hplink">a disembowled mouse in their Dole packaged salad mix</a> in June 2011. They'd already started eating the salad by the time they found the mealbreaker; they promptly vomited.
Human Blood On BLT & Fries
Cancer survivor Susan Mosher was outraged after she found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/30/mealbreakers-bloodied-blt_n_888559.html" target="_hplink">human blood on her BLT and fries</a> at a Cracker Barrel in Kingwood, TX, in late June of 2011.
Caterpillar In Weight Watchers Cake
A dieting woman found a <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008450/Dieter-finds-live-caterpillar-Weight-Watchers-snack.html?ITO=1490" target="_hplink">live caterpillar crawling on a Weight Watchers-brand slice of packaged cake</a> in June 2011. She called it gross enough to put her off of cake forever.
Razor Blade in Wal-Mart Ice Cream
An East Texas woman found <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeBUII0VFKk" target="_hplink">a razor blade in a carton of Walmart ice cream</a> in February 2011. Considering the danger, she was surprisingly understanding. She told CBS, "I think it's just one of those random accidents that happen. When you make that much of a product and that many products, you're bound to have a machine break."
Green Pill In Trail Mix
A Salt Lake City teen was hospitalized after biting into <a href="http://www.abc4.com/content/news/taking_action/story/Salt-Lake-teen-finds-mysterious-capsule-inside/zQSjtTghzEW7b8yHORpxBQ.cspx" target="_hplink">a mysterious green pill in a bag of trail mix</a> she'd bought at Whole Foods in January 2011. The teen felt numbness and pain throughout her throat. Whole Foods recalled the product from stores around Utah.
Condom In French Onion Soup
A California man claimed to find <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534460,00.html" target="_hplink">a condom in his French onion soup</a> at a Claim Jumper restaurant, also in July 2009. The restaurant's PR firm said that they found no evidence of wrongdoing after conducting an investigation of the matter.
Used Tampon In Steak
In July 2009, a German tourist claimed to find <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6914735" target="_hplink">a used tampon in his steak</a> at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
Dead Mouse In Bread
In 2009, a man from Bath, UK found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/30/dead-mouse-found-in-bread-photo_n_745069.html" target="_hplink">a dead mouse in a loaf of bread</a>.
Paperclips In Muffins
At the height of the Beijing Olympics, reporters pounced on the Chinese food industry after <a href="http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/muffins-spur-beijing-scare/story-e6freoof-1111116061193" target="_hplink">athletes found paperclips in muffins served them at an official function</a>. The story's most surprising revelation may just be that Olympic athletes eat muffins.
Live Bullet In Hot Dog
No one said hot dogs promote longevity, but it's not like eating a frankfurter is as dangerous as someone sticking a gun in your face--unless your name is Olivia Chaines and you're eating it Costco. The then-31-year-old had <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/3274884/detail.html" target="_hplink">swallowed a piece of a Hebrew National brand hotdog</a> in the shopping aisle of a Costco in May 2004 before she realized that it contained a piece of metal. X-rays revealed that the hot dog had contained a live bullet.
Semen In Spicy Tuna Sushi Sauce
A New York woman <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/05/mealbreakers-semen-sushi_n_919778.html#s323488&title=Bloody_Bandaid_In" target="_hplink">sued a sushi bar after she tasted semen in the sauce atop her spicy tuna</a> in June 2008; she says she still has samples frozen in her refrigerator.
Rodent Tooth In Planter's Peanuts
In 2006, a 52-year-old man from Illinois sued Kraft Foods for $55,000 to compensate for the physical and emotional distress he suffered after allegedly biting into <a href="http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12843428/" target="_hplink">a "non-human animal tooth" in a container of Planter's Peanuts</a>.
Gold Tooth In Mars Bar
Finding <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/popcandy/post/2010/03/wonka-candy-launches-a-real-life-golden-ticket-contest/1" target="_hplink">a golden ticket in your candy bar</a> is great. But a gold tooth? Not so much. That's what happened to <a href="http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1694237.print/" target="_hplink">a 62-year-old British man in September of 2007</a>. He contacted Mars to try and receive compensation, but got no substantive response.
Human Skin In Chicken Sandwich
Kitchen accidents happen. Knives are sharp; sometimes a cook will slice off a piece of skin the course of an evening. It's understandable. Not understandable? Failing to clean up the product of an accident. That, apparently, is what happened at an Ohio Arby's in June 2007, when a man found <a href="http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7634321/" target="_hplink">a piece of human skin sitting on the lettuce in his chicken sandwich</a>. The man sued, refusing a settlement that Arby's initially offered him.
Mouse In Popeye's Fried Chicken
A Baltimore man was eating <a href="http://www.wbaltv.com/r/2512486/detail.html" target="_hplink">fried chicken from Popeye's in September of 2003</a> when he discovered that the fast food store had inadvertently fried a mouse along with the chicken parts.
Syringe In Burger King Burger
In June of 2001, 22-year-old Angelina Cruz bit into a burger from Burger King--and <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/2001/07/28/2001-07-28_fast-food_customer__i_bit_ne.html" target="_hplink">got pricked in the tongue by a syringe</a>. Citing HIV fears, she sued the chain for $9 million.