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Lizard head found in Applebee’s salad

A Coralville restaurant is being investigated by the county for animal parts found in a salad May 2.

This lizard head, just more than an inch long, was found in an Applebee’s salad. Special to the Press-Citizen

The Johnson County Public Health Department received two complaints from customers, director Ralph Wilmoth said. He declined to name the business, but Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, which owns a restaurant at 200 12th Ave., issued a statement Friday about the incident - acknowledging the animal was a lizard.

Wilmoth said the business has cooperated fully and there is no public health risk. He said he expects the county's investigation to be completed by the beginning of next week.

Dave Phillips at Kansas-based Apple Corp, L.P., the franchise that owns the restaurant, released the following statement:

"Based on our initial investigation, we believe that somehow a small 'fence lizard' managed to deeply imbed itself in a head of lettuce delivered to our restaurant from California. The associate who prepared the lettuce did not notice this highly unusual situation.

"We regret this and apologize to the affected guests."

The woman who ordered the small Santa Fe Chicken salad to go said Friday she does not want to be identified. She is not pursuing legal action.

Though an isolated incident, Applebee's has discontinued use of lettuce heads and instead is using pre-cut and pre-cleaned lettuce for salads. All lettuce in the affected shipment was thrown out.

Applebee's statement went on to say the incident is uncharacteristic for its Coralville restaurant, which has "an excellent track record in health inspections." Apple Corps. also has given the location top scores for cleanliness.
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That's not right. My family eats there once in a while. Glad to see the salad maker was paying attention

Glad to hear the lady isn't persuing legal action

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Ewwwwwwwww, that lizard head is huge.
My god if I had found that in my salad, I would have peed my pants!
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Re: Lizard head found in Applebee’s salad

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"Based on our initial investigation, we believe that somehow a small 'fence lizard' managed to deeply imbed itself in a head of lettuce delivered to our restaurant from California. The associate who prepared the lettuce did not notice this highly unusual situation.
OK I gotta ask... where the hell is the rest of the body?
And they thought they ate chicken!
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OK I gotta ask... where the hell is the rest of the body?
prolly well on its way through some poor schmoes digestive system

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Re: Re: Lizard head found in Applebee’s salad

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OK I gotta ask... where the hell is the rest of the body?
And they thought they ate chicken!
Beat me to it.
Oh well the poor sucker that ate it more than likely didn't die and since there was no word about it they probobly have no idea it happened.
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I can't tell you how often you'd find weird things in your food if you paid more attention. I think people just don't look.... seriously. Pretty gross.

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RE: lizard head in salad

Granted I would not be happy if that happened to me... but it happens. I don't get freaked out about 'stuff' found in food. My family was in the food business and I know alot goes on in the back kitchen that would just gross some people out.
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Coralville? Press-Citizen? Johnson county? Tell me this didn't come from Iowa! That's my old stomping grounds I can tell you how this happened. One of 2 things, either it was done on purpose(not kidding), or the guy making the salads was so stoned(it's a college town) he never noticed.

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That's why 9 out of 10 times I won't eat lettuce in/from a restaurant. After finding bugs in the lettuce in my Boston Market sandwich and worms in a salad from an Italian place I swore against it.

Just too much of a chance of something like this to happen.
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Yuck. Salads are disgusting. Give me the lizard head

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