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Dead rodent found in Lincoln City Subway sandwich

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The blurred edited version of what was found in an Italian sub. In case you ever want to eat them again. (PHOTO: Facebook/Matt Jones) The blurred edited version of what was found in an Italian sub. In case you ever want to eat them again. (PHOTO: Facebook/Matt Jones)
The unblurred version. (PHOTO: Facebook/Matt Jones) The unblurred version. (PHOTO: Facebook/Matt Jones)
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. -

State Health Department officials in Oregon are saying the fact that people unknowingly ate tainted spinach from a Subway restaurant in Lincoln City earlier this month didn't put anyone in danger of getting sick. Unless you count vomiting out of pure disgust as getting sick. Which you just might. I know I almost did. 

Matt Jones and his friend Jay visited a Lincoln City Subway in the afternoon on October 6 and ordered up two sandwiches to satisfy their hunger. Matt ordered a Teriyaki Chicken sub with some spinach. Good call. I love them! Jay decided to go with an Italian sub and was inspired by hid friend's choice in garnish, so he ordered spinach too. The employee grabbed the last bit of spinach from the bit and tossed in on the sub. 

This is a normal visit so far. 

However, just before Jay was about to bite into his Italian sub, he noticed something out of place. He ordered salami. He ordered pepperoni. He ordered the spinach. But he did not recalled ordering a dead rodent. Yes, Jay found a real-life Master Splinter staring him in the face just as he was about to take bite. 

Matt, like any good friend, knew exactly what to do: Take a picture and post it on Facebook

"Look at this beast of a mouse in the spinach at Subway today! Good thing we didn't bite into it! AMAZING! WTF!! The manager was in shock!" Matt posted. 

The county health department was immediately notified. The inspector studied the dead rodent, the bin it came from and also searched the entire restaurant for any sign of contamination. Officials concluded the rodent problem didn't come from inside the Subway, but was likely in the bag of spinach that was shipped to the store. 

I can only imagine the joy the little guy felt when he made his way into a spinach utopia. Enjoying some of Popeye's favorite food, only to have the nirvana stripped away and shoved into a plastic bag. Unfortunately, the next time he would be seen again would be in someone's Italian Subway sandwich. Not an ideal way to go, but what a ride!

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According to KGW, the franchise headquarters issued this statement about the incident: 

“As soon as the customer alerted the owner about what happened, they were immediately given a full refund and an investigation was launched. To be cautious, all of the products in the sandwich unit were disposed of and a thorough cleaning took place, in which the Health Department gave the restaurant a clean bill of health. There were no other complaints made.”

Matt and Jay both got full refunds. Good for them. 

If you recall, the handful of spinach that ultimately placed the rodent in the sandwich was the last bit in the bin. What about everyone else who ate spinach from that batch? 

“They [health inspectors] consulted with physicians and we followed their advice that, although it is not very appetizing, the risk of someone becoming sick due to eating lettuce with those particular circumstances were very low,” Cheryl Connell, Dir. Of Lincoln County Health and Human Services.was quoted as saying. 

But even if they could track all of those people down, would you want to know? I don't think I would. Let us know on our Facebook page

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