Editor's note: The business was reopened Monday night.
Mr. Jim’s Pizza in Springtown was shut down Friday night after the Springtown Police Department received a report of food tampering at 8 p.m.
“A citizen advised that an employee of Mr. Jim’s Pizza posted on social media that they were putting Miralax on pizzas,” according to a report from Springtown Police Chief Anthony Motley. “It was discovered that three employees at Mr. Jim’s put Miralax on at least one pizza and it was unknowingly eaten by another employee who was now sick. Medical help was brought to the scene for the sick person. The employees were questioned and they denied placing any Miralax on any other pizzas that were purchased by the public.”
According to the RxLIST website, MiraLAX is used as a laxative to treat occasional constipation or irregular bowel movements, and is available over-the-counter. Common side effects can include nausea, abdominal cramping, bloating, upset stomach, gas, dizziness or increased sweating. The usual dosage of MiraLAX is 17 grams or about one heaping tablespoon per day.
“The owner was contacted and responded to the scene. The City of Springtown Health Inspector was contacted,” according to the report.
The health permit for the business was pulled and the business was shut down until it could be re-inspected, according to the Springtown Police Department.
The incident is still under investigation by the Springtown Police Department at this time.