Customer settles with McDonald’s in China over drink mixed with disinfectant
McDonald’s issued a rare apology this week to a customer at a restaurant in China for serving her a bubble tea laced with disinfectant, the South China Morning Post reports. The woman, referred to as Huang, ordered the drink at a McDonald’s location inside the Changle Airport in Fuzhou on Friday and was sent to the hospital with vomiting, a sore throat, and stomach pain.
Her husband, Tang, later told the Strait Metropolis Daily that she took one sip, noticed a bad taste, and took off the lid to discover a strong chemical smell. “I asked staff workers about the drink, but they just took it and smelled it, without giving any explanation. They threw the drink into the rubbish when we were not looking, but we took it back,” he said.
A doctor at the hospital said her symptoms were caused by sodium dichloroisocyanurate — a common disinfectant that’s also corrosive. It can cause burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach when it’s ingested, according to the National Library of Medicine. The fast-food chain confirmed that it has reached a settlement with the woman.
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