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Store-bought lettuce had a lizard in it, Maine woman says

Michelle Carr of Kittery, Maine, displays the dead

Michelle Carr of Kittery, Maine, displays the dead lizard she says she found in her salad, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Photo Credit: AP / Portsmouth Herald / Rich Beauchesne

KITTERY, Maine - A Maine woman who prepared a salad says she realized after a couple of bites that her fork was stuck in a 3-inch lizard, minus the tail.

After vomiting and getting over her shock, Michelle Carr, a nurse from Kittery, said she feared she could have ingested harmful bacteria. A biologist friend believes she found a blue-bellied lizard from California.

Carr said she bought a bag of store-brand romaine lettuce at a supermarket in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Jan. 26. The lettuce was distributed by a California company. A supermarket spokeswoman said it notified the supplier.

Carr also called the state Health Department. A spokesman said because the lettuce was packaged and shipped from another state, any investigation would be conducted by the Food and Drug Administration.

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