Cause of Woman's Donut Injury Remains a Mystery
The Ohio Department of Agriculture couldn't determine what might have caused an irritating, fizzing and burning sensation that led to burns throughout the mouth of a North Canton woman after eating a doughnut from a local shop
Looks like we may never know what caused a North Canton woman to be injured by a doughnut she bought at a local doughnut shop.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture just wrapped up an investigation into the facility where the doughnuts are made (outside North Canton) and couldn't determine what may have gotten inside the pastry and caused burns inside the woman's mouth.
"We respond to potential issues like this all the time; sometimes we find serious problems that require a great deal of action and a public health alert," said Erica Pitchford, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. "In this case, not being able to identify the issue, we can’t say what it was or wasn’t. We’ll just work with the company to make sure they’re following all the rules they’re required to.”
Here's the story, according to a North Canton police report: A 63-year-old North Canton woman recently told police a doughnut she bought at a local doughnut shop had fizzed and caused irritation inside her mouth. But nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary with the doughnut, she said.
She had saved half of it and took it to her dentist, who also didn't see anything unusual about the pastry but did confirm the woman had burns throughout her mouth.
The claim was sent to the Stark County Health Department, which investigated the doughnut shop and eventually handed the case over to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which monitors the facility that makes the doughnuts and distributes them.
Pitchford said officials from the Ohio Department of Agriculture investigated the facility and looked to see if they used cleaning tablets, which could have led to an injury like the woman described. But the facility only uses liquid cleaners, Pitchford said.
They also looked on shelves to see if anything could have been knocked down during the process.
The only sanitary issue investigators found was some buildup on a surface that doesn't touch food, Pitchford said.
"At this point, unless we receive additional complaints, we will be following up on the issue we did find and making sure that’s corrected quickly and continue to monitor and respond if any other issue arises."