NEW JERSEY: McDonald's: No food safety concerns at Bridgeton restaurant closed for worm and slug infestation
Posted: July 24th, 2009 - 9:41pm
BRIDGETON -- There's no denying the "ick factor" in an apparent worm and slug infestation uncovered at a McDonald's restaurant on Broad Street, in Bridgeton, which forced the eatery to close this week.
But is the problem a public health concern?
Not according to the Cumberland County Public Health Department, said Rich Doane, vice president of McDonald's Philadelphia Region.
"Recent communication in June from the (Cumberland) County Health Department expressly stated that there were no food safety concerns at that time," Doane said in a press release issued Thursday night. "However, to ensure our stringent food safety and restaurant sanitation standards are not compromised, McDonald's USA and our franchise owner made the decision to voluntarily close the restaurant."
Doane went on to say that "we take these matters seriously and we're taking immediate action to address any issues at the restaurant."
County health officials were not immediately available for comment.