LSD-tainted Wal-Mart steak sends Tampa family to hospital
US authorities are trying to figure out how LSD got into a Wal-Mart steak that sent a nine-months-pregnant Florida woman, her two daughters and her boyfriend to the hospital.
All four were doing fine after the incident Monday night.
While being treated at the hospital, Jessica Rosado gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said at a news conference Friday there was no indication that Jessica Rosado, 31, her boyfriend, Ronnie Morales, 24, or her daughters – Elyana Serrano, 7, and Rayna Serrano, who celebrated her sixth birthday Friday – had any idea that the bottom round steak they ate Monday night was contaminated with the hallucinogen.
According to a Tampa police report, Ronnie Morales started feeling ill and called 911, but as he got sicker, Jessica Rosado decided to take him to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Once at St. John’s, Jessica Rosado also started feeling ill. Then her daughters started hallucinating.
Ronnie Morales and the girls were released Wednesday in good condition. Jessica Rosado went home Thursday with a healthy new son.
Police retrieved what remained of the steak and yanked the oven out of the family’s home for forensic tests — which the Hillsborough County medical examiner said Friday showed the presence of LSD.
The steak was traced to a Tampa Wal-Mart, which turned over all of its meat of that type for testing.
Police praised Wal-Mart for its cooperation and said that “at this point, it appears this is an isolated incident.”
Dianna Gee, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, said it wasn’t clear where or how the meat was tampered with or whether it was contaminated before or after it was bought. She confirmed that the company had “pulled the remaining product from the store”.
Wal-Mart is “deeply disturbed about this situation” and is “committed to working with officials to get to the bottom of this,” Dianna Gee said.
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