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October 16, 2013

Officer says raw meat in McDonald's burger made him sick

DERRY, N.H. — A police officer says a teenager on the late shift at a McDonald's purposefully slipped him a piece of uncooked hamburger in his Quarter Pounder, making him sick.

Derry Police Officer Rob Moore said he visited a local McDonald's during his break just after midnight on Friday night. After a few bites, he noticed his Quarter Pounder tasted funny. He looked and found one of the patties was raw.

“It was absolutely disgusting,” said Moore, adding that he felt the effects of those few bites a couple of hours later. He was sick throughout night and all day Saturday.

Moore said a McDonald's manager and the franchise owner each apologized to him, explained how their food is cooked and said they are investigating the employee who served the burger.

Moore said he believed it was a deliberate act.

“I was the only one in the drive-through line, and I was in full uniform,” he said. “After I pulled up to the window, the teenager there gave me a look. I don’t really believe this was just an accident.”

Emile Haddad, the franchise owner, said he is investigating but would not say whether he had taken disciplinary action against the employee. He noted the restaurant is serious about the safety and quality of its food.

Paul Raiche, the town's health officer, said he spoke to Haddad and believes this is an isolated incident.

“There is nothing about this which indicates that this is an ongoing issue,” said Raiche, who inspects McDonald's twice a year. “… I have a huge amount of confidence that McDonald’s has good quality procedures. If anything happens like this again, I would be very surprised.”

Moore said he's never had problems with the McDonald’s, either, though he's now considering legal action.

“They assured me this wouldn’t happen again,” he said. “But I’m still unhappy. I can’t believe someone would do that to a person.”

Alex Lippa writes for The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

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