There have been tons of stories in the media over the years of store-bought foods tainted with E. coli, salmonella, and even rat excretion. However, in one of the most bizarre stories of the year, a steak purchased at a Wal-Mart in Florida was actually found to contain lysergic acid diethyl-amide (LSD). This steak, found to be laden with LSD was eaten by a family of four, including two children and one pregnant mom. The story begins with a simple purchase of a bottom round cut of meat from a Tampa, Florida Wal-Mart. After eating the tainted beef, the entire clan literally began hallucinating, a common side effect of LSD.
The drug in question has mostly been associated with the hippie generation of the 1960’s, who used LSD to “expand their minds” and experiment with what was considered, by many, to be recreational. Perhaps the most well known proponent of the drug during that time was “acid”-friendly guru Timothy Leary, who referenced the mind-altering drug when advising people to “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” He probably never imagined the drug would be used to poison a family dinner.
The popularity of LSD has continued to this day, enticing many high school and college age kids who have been known to use the drug at concerts and parties. The experience with LSD for the family in Florida was no party, however. After suffering the unwanted symptoms of LSD on Monday evening, Jessica Rosado, 31, her 24-year-old partner Ronnie Morales and Rosado’s two daughters, ages 6 and 7, were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
At the time, of the incident, Jessica Rosado happened to be 9 months pregnant. Doctors urged inducement of labor, and a healthy baby boy was born. It was unclear at the hospital what had been responsible for the symptoms. It would have been a giant leap to assume the pregnant woman and company were all on an “acid trip,” having eaten a steak, later found to contain LSD. After the group was successfully treated, food samples were then extracted from the family’s home. Testing by local authorities revealed lysergic acid diethyl-amide to be the culprit.
The Tampa Wal-Mart has since recalled the meat from its shelves, which was supplied by the company Cargill. Wal-Mart released a statement to the press, saying: “…we are deeply disturbed about this situation and we are taking it very seriously.” They went on to add: “…It’s unclear where and how the food was tampered with… [Cargill tells] us they have no reports of similar incidents.” Wal-Mart will also be looking into possible helpful footage that may have been caught by the store’s security cameras.
Cargill has agreed to cooperate with authorities in any way it can, while at this point, it appears to be an anomaly. Tampa police have also cleared the family of any wrongdoing that may have led to the bad “trip.” Local, county, state and federal officials are all now looking into how a woman, 9 months pregnant, and her family could have eaten steak found to contain LSD.
By Josh Taub