Mouse found in Clayton restaurant salad prompts investigation

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 6:29 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A customer in a St. Louis County restaurant suffered a shock after discovering a dead mouse in her salad.

It happened at the popular Katie’s Pizzeria in Clayton, near the Richmond Heights border. However an investigation revealed the mouse didn’t come from the restaurant but a food supplier.

The owner of Katie’s said he immediately  contacted his supplier, Restaurant Depot, following the incident in February. Restaurant Depot  assumed responsiblity.

Restaurant Depot doesn’t package the spring mix salad. The company receives its  produce, already  packaged, from a company in California.

Restaurant Depot’s vice president, Gene Casazza, said he didn’t want to speculate on how it could have happened without all the facts, but he did say the mouse could have ended up in the mix early on.  

“That there’s the minute possibility that it happened during the picking stage on the field because, again, we’re talking about lettuce growing,” he said. “It happened at a point beyond our building, let’s put it that way.”

Casazza added that he has notified his vendor about the incident. Restaurant Depot serves more than 250,000 restaurants nationwide.

The owner of Katie’s says he requires employeese to do a thorough check of produce and other food they serve.

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