Police say Florida family ate meat contaminated with LSD; bottom round steak came from Walmart

A Florida family of four was hospitalized this week after eating an LSD-laced steak from Walmart, according to the Tampa Police Department.

The family included a 9-months pregnant woman whose labor had to be induced as a result of eating the drug-laced meat, police said. They were released this week in healthy condition, including the woman's newborn boy.

The family purchased the bottom round steak from a Walmart at 1501 N. Dale Mabry Highway, according to police. How the drug turned up in the meat is under investigation.

"The chain has been very cooperative with the investigation and voluntarily turned over all the meat that was on their shelves," the department said in a statement.

Walmart officials released a statement Friday evening saying its meat supplier has told the company it hasn't received reports of similar incidents elsewhere. The store is reviewing its surveillance video to find anything that would assist in the police's investigation.

"Like everyone else in the community, we are deeply disturbed about this situation and we are taking it very seriously. We want answers and we're committed to working with officials to get to the bottom of this," the statement said.

Ronnie Morales was the first in the family to feel sick shortly after dinner around 9 p.m. Monday, police said. He called 911, but felt so ill that his girlfriend, Jessica Rosado, drove him to St. Joseph's Hospital. After they arrived, Rosado, who was nine months pregnant, came down with symptoms. 

She was taken across the street to St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and doctors induced her labor.

That evening, her 7- and 6-year-old daughters began hallucinating and feeling ill, police said. The children and Morales were hospitalized. They remained in the hospital until Wednesday. Rosado was released Thursday.

Investigators took their food and oven for testing. 

Walmart's full statement:

"Like everyone else in the community, we are deeply disturbed about this situation and we are taking it very seriously. We want answers and we're committed to working with officials to get to the bottom of this.

"We know our customers expect safe, quality food and we require our suppliers to meet the highest of food safety standards. It's unclear where and how the food was tampered with or if the tampering occurred after purchase. However, out of an abundance of caution, we have pulled the remaining product from the store.

"We have been in touch with our supplier and they tell us they have no reports of similar incidents. We are also reviewing our store's surveillance video to see if we can find any information that might assist in the investigation. At this point, we're not aware of any suspicious activity."

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