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On Tuesday, June 2, the City of Huntsville Health Division received a complaint via the City’s online Report It! system, concerning a Facebook post about a banana shake containing parasites, purchased from the Sonic on 11th Street in Huntsville, Texas. On Tuesday afternoon, health inspectors visited the location and performed a thorough investigation of the ice cream and shake machines. Both of the machines were completely disassembled, cleaned, and sanitized in the presence of the inspectors. No traces of parasites, worms, or tapeworms were found. In addition, the inspectors, with the assistance of Sonic management, reached out to the food distributor that supplies the bananas to the local store to determine if there had been any recalls or concerns with the bananas and found there had been none.
Upon completion of their investigation, the inspectors found no threats to public health or safety and allowed the restaurant to remain open. Health Inspector Deven Merchant noted the importance the Division places on investigating all such incidents.
"The health and safety of our citizens is of upmost importance," said Merchant. "We take such reports very seriously."
The inspectors contacted the individual who made the Facebook post for additional background and to take possession of the possible parasites for testing and further examination. The complainant indicated the alleged parasites had already been thrown away.
Questions or requests for further information should be directed to Deven Merchant, Health Inspector, firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-294-5711.