Woman claims Sebastian Burger King served her bread with mold

A Burger King sandwich showing what appears to be green mold.
A Burger King sandwich showing what appears to be green mold.

A woman claims that when she visited a Burger King on August 6, 2019, at approximately 3:00 p.m. in Sebastian and the bun was covered with green mold.

The Burger King is located at 8680 South U.S. Highway 1 near Wabasso. It is not the restaurant on CR-512 or the new one in Roseland.

“There was mold in my sandwich. Theresa, an employee/manager apologized,” Crystal Lynn told Sebastian Daily.

“Two meals were hard as a brick and mine had green mold. They also didn’t have any sauces or drinks. I never had this experience with several meals before. Also, this establishment is very unsanitary. What if something would have happened to me, due to this negligence,” she added.

On Friday, August 9, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m., we visited the store and noticed their drive-thru was closed. There was a line of people from the counter all the way to the door. It was difficult for us to question the manager or the employees during this time.

During the past few months, we’ve heard multiple complaints about the unsanitary conditions of this restaurant. We decided to check out their health inspections and found several complaints listed. We found a few complaints, three of them during 2019.

Burger King drive-thru was closed.
Burger King drive-thru was closed.

In March 2019, the fast-food restaurant was cited with 11 violations, 4 were High Priority Violations. The health inspector stopped the sale of tomatoes because the “time exceeds the 4-hour limit,” according to the report. There was also build-up of grease near the holding area for french fries. There was a buildup of food debris, grease, dust or mold-like substance above the registers at the front counter. Coffee filters were not stored in a protected manner to prevent contamination.

In June 2019, the restaurant was cited for 10 violations, 5 of them High Priority. The health inspector again stopped the sale on sliced tomatoes for food safety reasons. They also stored raw chicken and bacon over eggs in the walk-in cooler. An employee “wiped sweat on collar of shirt, did not change gloves,” according to the health inspector. There was grease accumulated on the kitchen floor near the grease tank, and the walk-in cooler shelves were soiled with encrusted food debris.

Burger King receipt showing full refund.
Burger King receipt showing full refund.

Lynn said that a manager apologized for the sandwiches with mold and issued a refund. The manager told Lynn she was going to check all the buns to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Typically, bread left out in the open begins to grow visible mold in five to seven days. Certain molds can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, and others can cause nausea, indigestion, and vomiting.

The Burger King on Sebastian Blvd (CR-512) and the new one in Roseland have both had good health inspections.

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