Police in Tampa, Fl., are trying to figure out how steaks sold at a local Walmart got laced with LSD, which sickened an entire family that included a pregnant woman.
Walmart is working with federal and state investigators, but company spokeswoman Dianna Gee intimated to Reuters
that a supplier must be to blame. Meat sold at Walmart arrives pre-packaged, she said, so it wasn’t clear when the contamination occurred.
"We're just very grateful that the family appears to be OK," she added.
Jessica Rosado, her two daughters, and her partner Ronnie Morales got sick enough to call 911 early last week. Morales was the first to show symptoms of hallucinations and shortness of breath. Rosado, who was pregnant, showed symptoms soon after, followed by the two young girls.
They were all released from the hospital after a few days. Rosado had her baby, a boy, while there. Doctors induced labor.
Tampa police tested other bottom round steaks sold at that Walmart location for LSD and other contaminants, but they stated that this seems to be an isolated incident. Police are trying to figure out how the drug could have remained potent enough to sicken the family even after the steaks were cooked, as LSD degrades easily.
Police Chief Jane Castor said the family had no idea where the LSD in the steaks came from.
There isn’t a huge number of comments on Walmart’s Facebook page
about the incident, but the few there are place the blame squarely on the retailer, despite the company’s contention that the contamination probably happened somewhere else along the supply chain.
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“Recall all your meat, poultry, seafood,” one commenter wrote. “I will not be buying any of these items from a Walmart ever again! LSD in meat? Shame shame.”