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Feb 7, 2011 10:26 AM

Ethical question about finding a nail (carpenter, not finger) in packaged salad blend.

Last night, I chomped down on a 1 1/2" finishing nail in my salad. The bag was from a major CA company, whose products we like. No construction projects going on in the kitchen, so there's no doubt where it came from. My choppers are fine, no damage there. I think I'll mail it to the CA headquarters, because if it were my company, I'd like to know. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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  1. Call them. They keep records of it and will probably send you free coupons. You'd be surprised at the things found in the salads because it's such a large processing plant.

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    1. re: chowser

      with the bag, if you still have it, as it has the lot numbers and other pertinent information stamped on it.

    2. That happened at my restaurant once, the nail came from the wooden box. That was loose lettuce, not sure about yours.

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      1. re: coll

        I mailed it today. Taped the rusty nail to an index card. I basically said "found this, love your products, teeth okay, and no legal counsel. If I were running your show, I'd like any and all feedback." I did not leave phone info ( I have a listed number ), taped the barcode to the card, and pasted my return address on the envelope. I promise I'll let you know if anything develops.

        1. re: chefdaddyo

          Not barcode, but the expiration date code information printed on the bag...and where purchased. That is more indivdual information they need to know date and place processed.

          1. re: chefdaddyo

            Are you planning to buy their product again? What if there is no reply? Would that change how you feel about the company?

          1. Suppose this is why we should not assume that our 'cleaned' salad greens are really cleaned. Thus it pays to check them, as you were lucky and could have broken a tooth or far worse.

            1. Should have saved the nail. Never know when you might decide to remodel your kitchen.