Reptile-Looking Tortilla Mystery Draws Concern In OKC


Tuesday, January 14th 2014, 6:47 pm
By: News 9


The mystery inside a tortilla bag bought at an Oklahoma City Walmart is sparking a food company investigation of sorts.

News9.com producer Matthew Nuttle decided against making a quesadilla lunch Monday after finding what appears to be the body of a lizard in one of his tortillas. The mystery passed quality control all the way from Georgia-based Ole Mexican Foods to a store shelf in Oklahoma City.

"As soon as I saw it, I thought it was mold," said Nuttle. "Then I could tell it was raised up, and it looked like it had scales on it."

Nuttle is still asking, "what is it!?" News 9 cut into the object -- but questions still linger. A picture of the tortilla was sent to Ole Mexican Foods.

In a statement, the company says in part, "based on the picture ... we can conclude that a piece of dry dough from the previous production run was somehow released from the production line and packed all together with the fresh tortillas."

Regardless, Ole Mexican Foods says it will send Nuttle a prepaid envelope to send the tortilla package to Georgia for an independent inspection. The take, though, that the object is just dough is drawing critics, including those who saw it up close in the News 9 newsroom.

"It just kind of … leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Nuttle said. "Pardon the pun."

Nuttle says he will start buying another brand of tortillas.