JACKSON (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan teenager found a piece of a finger inside his roast beef sandwich at Arby’s.

Ryan Hart and his mother stopped in the restaurant’s parking lot to eat after ordering sandwiches at the drive-through window.

Hart took a big bite of his piping hot roast beef sandwich and came upon something that was rubbery and tough to chew. The 14-year-old spit out the half-chewed food and couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I was like, ‘that gots to be a finger.’ I was about to puke… It was just nasty,” Hart told the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Hart’s mom, Jamie Vail, said the piece appeared to be the back of a finger, including the pad and extending beyond the first knuckle. She said the portion was about an eighth to a quarter-inch thick and maybe an inch or more long.

Jackson Police and the county health department say an Arby’s employee cut her finger on a meat slicer. Health officials believe the employee then left her station, and other workers continued to fill orders before they became aware of what happened.

In a statement, Arby’s spokesman John Gray refers to the finger piece in the sandwich as an “isolated and unfortunate accident.”

Arby’s stopped using the meat slicer and followed proper protocol in breaking it down and cleaning it, said Gray. The restaurant on N. West Avenue was allowed to stay open while employees thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the restaurant.

Ryan’s mother says she’s been in touch with a lawyer, but hasn’t decided what course to take.

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