September 24, 2018

Oven Cleaner in Restaurant Iced Tea Leaves Utah Woman in Critical Condition

A Utah women is hospitalized in critical condition after drinking iced tea at  Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in South Jordan that contained industrial oven cleaner. An employee who mistook the cleaner for sugar added it to the tea, according to a report from ABC 4 News.

Woman Stomach AcheThe woman is being treated at the University of Utah burn center. Attorneys hired by her family say she filled her glass at the tea dispenser, took a sip and told her husband: “I think I just drank acid.”

The tea contained a high concentration of the powerful cleaner used to degrease deep fryer equipment. As much as six cups of the cleaner, which is 67 percent lye, were added to the tea. Most household products have a much lower concentration than that,  Barbara Insley Crouch, Executive Director of Utah Poison Control Center, told the station. “If you were to swallow it,  you can imagine it would burn the tissues in your mouth and down into your esophagus and down into your stomach.”

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