News – “‘Food Detectives’ investigate claims of foreign objects in food” – Have you ever been to a restaurant or grabbed a takeout, and spotted something unappetizing in your food? 

Like maybe a fake finger nail! 

NBC 4 Investigator Tom Sussi shows you how these claims are investigated, and how often these “food detectives” can crack the case. 

“Unortunately, a lot of these are hard to make a final determination on,” said Garrett Guillozet, Supervisor of the Food Safety Program for the Franklin County Public Health Department. 

Guillozet says his office receives a fair amount of these complaints. “Maybe one or two every other week or so.” 

Of those, “I would say there’s about a ten percent chance where we’re able to do a final determination that the product came from that facility,” he said.  

Sussi asked, “What is the biggest challenge in investigating these sort of cases?” Said Guillozet, “The amount of time that’s passed from when the person first found that there was an item in their food to when we’re notified to be able to go out there and do our investigation.” 

Even when diners promptly notify the health department, these are tough cases to investigate. 

Wait the food police is a real thing?! I need a direct line to Garrett, kinda like Batman and Commissioner Gordon type deal. He’d get so fed up with me because I would be calling or texting him like every 15 minutes , “Commissioner someone asked for their steak well done at this restaurant, please send help”…”Commish its LB again, I just watched someone put ketchup on tacos, can I make a citizen’s arrest?!”

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