British Columbia

Chewed gum found in Big Xtra burger

A Vancouver man says he's concerned about the possibility of contracting hepatitis after he found some chewed gum inside his McDonald's hamburger on Tuesday.

AVancouver man says he's concerned about the possibility of contracting hepatitis after he found some chewed gum inside his McDonald's hamburger on Tuesday.

Max Ipinza was eating lunchwith his co-workers at their office in Vancouver when he bit into his Big Xtra and tasted peppermint.

He said he spit the burger out and quickly realized there was gum in it.

"Three-quarters of the way through, I end up tasting something like peppermint, like gum, andimmediately I knew something was wrong, because this is not what a typical McDonald's burger tasted like.

"And so I decided to regurgitate everything back into the box and examined it, and it looked like gum to me. Immediately I felt very sick."

Ipinza went to hospital because of concerns he may have contracted hepatitis. Doctors told him to return if flu-like symptoms appear.

Ipinza said he believes somebody intentionally put the gum in the burger and that he will now be packing his own lunches.

In a written statement, McDonald's Canada says the company has begun a thorough investigation of Ipinza's complaint in conjunction with health officials.

It also notes that it doesn't have all the facts yet, and cautions against jumping to conclusions.

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