Ants found in burritos under investigation

While Lam admits while he hasn't fallen ill to ingesting several bites of the ant-laced burrito, it's protein that's unwanted. "When I think of it, it grosses me out," he said. "Just bringing back the bad memories.” "Fifty ants is the minimum, but I think it was closer to 80 or 90." Lam said the York Region Health Agency took a sample of the ant-infested burrito and sent it off for inspection.

The Toronto Sun
January 5, 2010

Ants found in burritos under investigation
Jenny Yuen

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A Markham man says he found about 50 ants in his McDonald's breakfast burrito.

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Ants have been known to ruin picnics, but the last place you'd expect to find them is in your fast food.

To Tommy Lam, the "Golden Arches" have become a lot more tarnished, after he found at least 50 dead ants in his McDonald's breakfast burrito on Saturday. But so far, he hasn't heard an apology.

"This whole ordeal is mind-boggling," Lam, 28, said yesterday.

"I get sick thinking of what happened."

Lee and his girlfriend stopped by the busy fast-food restaurant at Markham Rd. and Denison St. on their way to work at his business, the Jewellery Box.

After waiting 15 minutes in line, the couple said they ordered four pita sandwiches to go. It wasn't until they opened the paper wrapping did they discover dozens of ants inside and outside their burritos.

While Lam admits while he hasn't fallen ill to ingesting several bites of the ant-laced burrito, it's protein that's unwanted.

"When I think of it, it grosses me out," he said. "Just bringing back the bad memories.”

"Fifty ants is the minimum, but I think it was closer to 80 or 90."

Lam said the York Region Health Agency took a sample of the ant-infested burrito and sent it off for inspection.

McDonald's Canada, for its part, said it's still investigating the cause of the insects.

"We immediately began a thorough investigation, which has been unable to confirm the customer's allegation," wrote McDonald's Restaurants of Canada spokesman Stephanie Sorensen in an e-mail statement.

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