McDonald's proved it hadn't served up any leaping lizards, after preliminary lab tests laid to rest the reptile ruckus that erupted when a customer claimed to have found a baby lizard in her chicken sausage McMuffin.
"The sample collected is 100 percent chicken," Kevin Lim, the burger maker's senior communications manager for Singapore said in an emailed statement.
"Sandy Sand" posted a photo of a half-eaten sandwich on McDonald's Facebook page, with what appeared to be a tail sticking out, although it's difficult to discern detail. Sand alleged the rest of the lizard was contained within the sausage patty.
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But McDonald's Singapore said the "tail" was actually a chicken blood vein, which was white because the Halal slaughtering process drains away all blood. (McDonald's branches in Singapore are Halal, in line with Muslim dietary requirements.)
"We have also traced back the product's production process, and no product from the same batch had any quality issues reported," Lim added.
Sand's posts on Facebook attracted multiple comments. Her original photo and post remains on McDonald's page, but are now buried beneath other comments, including complaints about the cost of milkshakes.
"It's not really our policy to delete comments from our [Facebook] page," Lim said, before the lab results were released. "We have a moderation policy."