The Trippy Story of Some Contaminated Steak

A family in Florida got more than it expected from Walmart steaks last week.

(Illustrated by Lauren Wade)

Mar 10, 2014· 0 MIN READ
Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.

Of the countless things that you don’t want hiding in your steak, deadly germs and bacteria are by far the scariest. But while most people who fret over meat and food safety are concerned with E. coli and mad cow disease, a recent report out of (where else?) Florida goes to show that the nonlethal hangers-on can be equally disquieting. Because what would you do if, after eating some bottom round steak, you started to hallucinate?

That’s what happened to a family of four, including two children under 10 and their very pregnant mother, last week after eating a meal of LSD-tainted meat purchased at a Walmart in Tampa, Fla. The packaged steak was supplied by the ag giant Cargill.

Rosado Morales, who was nine months pregnant, was medically induced and delivered a healthy baby boy, and her two daughters were both admitted to the hospital after experiencing hallucinations. All have since been released and are in good health, according to the local news station Bay New 9.

"Like everyone else in the community, we are deeply disturbed about this situation and are taking it very seriously. We want answers and we’re committed to working with officials to get to the bottom of this,” Walmart spokesperson Dianna Gee said in a statement. Walmart has pulled the remaining product, which, along with the family’s oven, is being tested for the drug—which may rival the Walmart meat aisle for the most unlikely place to score a couple of hits of acid.