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- An NYPD officer bought a sandwich from a Queens store and found a razor blade when he took a bite; he cut his mouth
- The officer was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released; Bon Appetit issued a lengthy apology, said it was "deeply concerned"
- A DNA sample was recovered from the blade and is being tested, a spokesman said
An NYPD officer assigned to the department's Critical Response Command found a razor blade in a sandwich he bought from a specialty food store in Queens, a police spokesman tells News 4.
The officer, who has not been identified, bought the sandwich at Bon Appetit in Rockaway Park around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, took a bite and immediately realized he had a cut in his mouth, the spokesman said. Then he found the blade.
The officer was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. A DNA sample was recovered from the blade and is being tested, the spokesman said. News 4 obtained a very grainy photo of what appears to be some bread, a silver razor blade clearly evident next to it.
Officials say there have been no known past issues at the deli. The store's management issued a statement Friday afternoon offering its "deepest apologies" to the officer involved in this "unfortunate incident."
"In our experience, the NYPD officers of the 100th and 101st precincts have been an examplary example of professionalism and service to not only our business but to our local community in the Rockaways, Queens, and New York City at large," the statement continued. "If given the opportunity, the management of Bon Appetit would like to personally apologize to the officer and the rest of the local law enforcement community."
The statement went on to say Bon Appetit takes great pride in its food and strives to always leave customers satisfied. It said it was disturbed and "deeply concerned" by the razor incident, adding, "We use a variety of tools to prepare our food, but none should ever be found in any food item meant for customer consumption."
Bon Appetit pledged full cooperation with the NYPD in its investigation and said it would offer up any surveillance footage that may assist the probe. It will also be conducting an international investigation, the store said. Meanwhile, the NYPD says their investigation is also ongoing.