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August 23, 2008

Suit accuses restaurant of giving man big tapeworm

To conclude our week of worms, bugs and other gross things, here's a story to read after eating dinner.

A man claims a restaurant served him a tapeworm in his food.

Franz's lawsuit seeks $100,000 from Shaw's and its parent company, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, contending the restaurant's staff was negligent in serving him improperly cooked fish.

But Carrol Symank, vice president of food safety for Lettuce Entertain You, said the tapeworm didn't come from Shaw's. "We have done a thorough investigation and we're confident the restaurant is not the source," he said.

According to the Web site mayoclinic.com, tapeworms can measure up to 50 feet long. (article from Associated Press)

So, what does a tapeworm look like? tapeworm.jpg

According to www.MedFriendly.com, "adult tapeworms have hooks, spiny structures, or suckers on their head, which allow them to attach to the wall of the intestine. The rest of the tapeworm is made up of a chain of flat segments. In the human digestive system, tapeworms develop into an adult form with one or more sexual organs that are capable of producing eggs. Adult tapeworms can be 20 to 30 feet in length!"

Full read at AP

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Posted by Mary Ellen at August 23, 2008 6:00 PM
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