The Shocking Ingredient Someone Allegedly Found In A Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

When you're eating fast food, you trust that despite the quick service and cheap cost, you're eating food that's perfectly safe. You know that when you bite into a cheeseburger or a piece of chicken, you're eating exactly what it says on the box. But sometimes, that might not be the case.

In 2011, a New York man was enjoying a slice of Pizza Hut pizza when he felt as if he was biting into something chewy and plastic-like. This turned out to be a bloody band-aid baked right into the bottom portion of the crust (via Albany Times Union). In 2012, a young boy eating a junior roast beef sandwich in a Michigan Arby's when he found a sliver of an employee's finger in the roast beef, Michigan Live reported. A woman in the United Kingdom allegedly found a human tooth in her Chinese take-out in 2019, although the restaurant claimed it to be part of an onion, according to FOX News.

For one Reddit user, a meal at Chick-Fil-A came to an end when they discovered what seemed to be a disgusting remnant of a bird nestled in their sandwich.

The user apparently discovered bird feces in their sandwich

"Was looking forward to my chicken deluxe. Got bird poop. Imagine if I ate that." This revolting headline came from the account of Redditor on the Chick-Fil-A subreddit. The user posted a picture of their sandwich, with an odd greyish-white clump of matter on the sandwich's lettuce. Many users followed in the sentiment, calling it "gross." One person wrote, "That's why you never eat outside."

But is it actually bird feces the user found on their sandwich? It could be a case of downy mildew which, according to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a common disease found in lettuce in cooler growing environments. One of the signs of downy mildew is a "white crusty sporulation', or a white growth of spores on the leaf–something that the user may have mistaken for bird droppings. It could also be a case of white mold, which grows on wilting lettuce leaves, that spread to the lettuce used for the sandwich (via Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences). Although we can't be sure if it's bird feces or simply mold, it's probably for the best the user didn't eat the Chik-Fil-A sandwich either way.