Local Claims Canine Tooth In Chinese Food
On July 7, Renita Holliday decided that she would visit one of her favorite Chinese restaurants, New Garden 43- 17 Beach Channel Drive. While enjoying her fried fish and brown rice, Holliday says she bit down into something very hard that definitely was not rice. She looked down and found what she believed was a tooth.
“I thought it was my tooth at first, and then I realized that it definitely was not mine,” Holliday says. “I was confused as to what it was because it definitely did not look human, so I brought the tooth to my dentist. He told me that it was a canine’s tooth,” she admits. “I was shocked,” she says.
She reports that her fright turned into fury quickly. She called the police who informed her that there was no crime committed. Once she realized that she could not file a police report against the restaurant she found a different avenue for justice.
She called the New York City Health Department to file a formal complaint. “I think that people should know where and what they are eating,” she states. “I feed my five year old child with that food! What if I gave it to her? She would have choked!” Holliday continues.
Holliday still has the tooth and the food in her possession as evidence. “I want the Health Department to test the food to see if there are other canine traces. I found the tooth, but what else was there?” she says. Holliday believes that either they are cooking with canine meat, or they are letting a dog around the food. Either way she believes that there are many health code violations being committed at New Garden restaurant.
The NYC Health Department says that they have read the complaint and are sending an inspector this week to the establishment to follow up.
Since Holliday was unable to file a police report she has filed a lawsuit against New Garden restaurant for the sum of $25,000 in personal damages. New Garden’s management refused to comment on the claim, but will have to address the issue in 30 days to answer the summons before the court. “I am not doing this for the money, but for the principle. I am not lying about this. I don’t go around filing law suits to get money. I just want the truth to come out,” she says.
Holliday, who is still in shock that this happened to her, wants to make sure that it won’t happen to anyone else. “I want people to be cautious, and I want people to know what they are eating.”