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Aug 15, 2014 4:23 AM

Woman Poisoned When She Drank Sweet Tea From BBQ Restaurant

UTAH - A Utah woman is in critical condition, after drinking sweet tea from a barbecue restaurant.

It happened in South Jordan, just outside of Salt Lake City

67 year old Jen Harding ordered a sweet tea at Dickeys Barbecue Pit on Sunday.

Police say, unfortunately, that sweet tea was two thirds full of a cleaning chemical solution, typically used to clean deep fryer equipment.

Harding's attorney says that cleaning solution looks very similar to sugar.

Paxton Guymon, Harding Family Attorney, said, "She took a sip and immediately coughed it out. Spat it out. And her first words to her husband were 'I think i just drank acid.'"

Mr. Guymon, said, " Either the store manager or an employee put six cups of this white powder substance into the ice tea mixer."

Police say right now it appears to be an accident, but they are still investigating.

Harding is in critical condition at the University of Utah's burn unit.


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