PEORIA - When a Central Peoria resident bit into her McDonald's pie a month ago, she was expecting a tasty, sweet treat, but was revolted to find a 1-inch bug inside. Pam Gaston said she was at home eating a pie from McDonald's, 1017 W. Main St., when she discovered a brown and black insect nestled among the sugary apples.

"I looked down to take a bite, and there it was, staring me right in the face," Gaston said.

In the past month, she's been trying to do two things: Get appropriate compensation because of her experience and make sure McDonald's pies are safe. She's had varying degrees of success.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is looking into her claim, and officials say the manufacturing plant where the supposed bug likely originated will be inspected. McDonald's pie manufacturer is The Bama Cos. Inc., based in Tulsa, Okla.

Bill Whitman, a spokesman for McDonald's at its headquarters in Oak Park, said Thursday that Bama has been notified of the complaint, but no changes in procedure had been made.

"We have no reason to believe it came from the supplier, considering that we serve so many pies to restaurants on a daily basis, and our food safety standards are so high," he said.


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