A family including a pregnant woman was hospitalized on Monday, 3 March after they reportedly consumed meat that contained lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), the powerful hallucinogenic drug that is commonly associated with flower power, as reported by the Tampa Police Department.
The Florida family of four including a pregnant woman, Jessica Rosado, 31, her two daughters, aged 6 and 7 and her 24-year-old partner, Ronnie Morales were rushed to the hospital after they fell sick experiencing hallucinations.
When the test results came on Friday, it became apparent that the contaminant was a rare one and not commonly found in food.
Rosado, who was nine months pregnant, gave birth to a baby boy after induced labor. Other three received tracheal intubation and were later released from the hospital.
"It is still under investigation how the drug ended up in the family's meal. At this point, it is not clear if a crime has occurred," according to the police statement.
Rib eye steak, that the family ate, came from a Walmart store and so far it remains as an isolated case with no similar reports, according to police.
The Tampa WalMart notified that the meat was supplied by a company named Cargill. Cargill have stated their willingness to cooperate with police to find out how the LSD went on contaminating the meat.
"We are deeply disturbed about this situation and we are taking it very seriously. It's unclear where and how the food was tampered with [Cargill tells] us they have no reports of similar incidents." WalMart stated in a press release.
The Tampa police are also investigating the matter into how the family could have eaten LSD containing steak.
(Edited by Anu James)