A father was incensed when he and his two sons discovered blood on a biscuit and a food wrapper at a McDonald’s restaurant in Connecticut. The Health Department concluded, however, it was not necessary to close the restaurant.
The family discovered the blood stains when they collected their order at the fast food joint on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield on Monday, Jan. 22.
The father raised the matter with the restaurant’s manager and noticed one of the employees had a cut on her hand. The restaurant tossed the food and replaced it.
Shortly afterward, the father reported the incident to police and the Health Department. The department’s inspector said the father described the blood stains as “a speck and a drop,” Fairfield Citizen reported.
A Health Department inspector went to the restaurant and met with the manager and the employee in question. The employee said she scraped her knuckle on a piece of equipment and didn’t realize it was bleeding while wrapping the order. When she realized it, she bandaged the cut and put on a fresh pair of gloves.
Health Director Sands Cleary said Tuesday the incident was isolated and, once discovered, was handled properly.
“It was an accident. We train people on how to prevent this, but it happens,” he said.
The restaurant’s last inspection was Aug. 25, 2017, when they received a score of 95 out of a possible 100 points, Cleary said. Their next inspection is due next month.
“If we had gotten 10 different calls about blood on food, it would’ve been a different response,” Cleary said.
The mother of the two sons discussed the incident on the Moms of Fairfield Facebook page, saying the employee was waving her hand around and tried to hide the cut. The mother also said the manager lied to her husband. She said she’ll have her children blood-tested now and again in six months.