Mom, son recovering from milkshakes tainted with cleaner in Colorado

Posted at 2:52 PM, Aug 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-25 17:16:13-04

THORNTON, Colo. – A mother in Colorado said her son was just injured in a similar way as the Utah woman who drank the tainted tea.

KDVR reported the mom said her son got a vanilla milkshake from a Thornton, Colorado, Dairy Queen which contained cleaning solution.

“He tasted something funny but thought it was off his hand and he said, ‘Mom, this shake tastes disgusting,’” mom Lisa Chase told KDVR.

Riley and his mom, Lisa, went to the drive-through at the Dairy Queen and ordered vanilla shakes.

After a few sips, Lisa said her son’s stomach was burning.

“I took a drink of it and tasted something very ‘chemically’ and then my mouth and throat started burning,” Riley said.

Lisa said she immediately went back to the store where she says she had a bad encounter with management.

“He said, ‘We don’t give money back; I can’t reimburse you for it,’ and I said, ‘No, I’m going to take this to the hospital with my son and you can pay for that’ and he said, ‘do whatever you got to do.’”

She said later a district manager called and confessed someone put a cleaning chemical into the vanilla syrup.

Lisa told KDVR she asked how much of the chemical was mixed in and how something like that could happen.

She said the manager told her someone had a cleaning bottle and didn’t clean it out, just put the vanilla syrup in it.

By phone the store manager told KDVR what happened was a “bad deal.”

Lisa said she thinks it’s much worse.

“I had him sleep with me last night and just not knowing what it was, I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

According to KDVR,  Dairy Queen management is looking into what recourse the customers have with the restaurant chain’s insurance company.

The Colorado Health Department was investigating the case.

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