A woman claims she found part of a human finger in a sandwich she bought at a Subway sandwich shop restaurant, and health officials are investigating the incident, authorities said.
The Subway claim comes less than two years after a Las Vegas woman made headlines when she reported that she bit into a fingertip in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose - a claim that turned out to be a hoax.
The sandwich chain, which has more than 26,000 restaurants in 85 countries, is owned by Doctor's Associates Inc., based in Milford, Connecticut.
Two health inspectors visited the sandwich shop in Chowchilla, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Fresno, on Thursday after the woman reported finding what appeared to be a half-inch (1 1/4 centimeter) piece of a finger a day earlier, said Jill Yaeger, director of the Madera County Environmental Health Department.
The inspectors did not find any evidence that a restaurant worker had lost part of a finger, but the purported human digit was sent to a laboratory for testing, she said.
"They did not indicate that they found anything out of the ordinary," Yaeger said.
The Subway shop's manager, Anita Munoz, said she was in the restaurant when the woman returned with what she claimed looked like a finger.
"It looked like a thick piece of fat," she said. "It doesn't look anything human to me."
The incident would be investigated by Subway's national headquarters, Munoz said.
The Wendy's case came to a close in January when Anna Ayala, 40, was sentenced to nine years in prison. Her husband was sentenced to more than 12 years for getting the finger from a co-worker who lost it in a workplace accident.
Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's said it lost $2.5 million in sales because of bad publicity and had to lay off dozens of employees at its Northern California franchises.