Police: Chemicals in iced tea at Utah restaurant due to mix-up a month earlier

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SALT LAKE CITY – Authorities say an industrial cleaning solution that ended up in tea that a woman drank at a Utah restaurant was unintentionally mixed into a bag of sugar a month earlier.

South Jordan Cpl. Sam Winkler says an employee reported the mixing of the product that contained the chemical lye into the sugar bag happened July 5.

He says on Sunday, a worker took large quantities of the substance thought to be sugar and mixed it into the iced-tea dispenser.

Jan Harding is in critical condition with burns to her esophagus and mouth after drinking the tea that day at Dickey’s Barbecue in South Jordan.

Winkler says police are waiting to see what happens with the 67-year-old’s condition before moving forward with any charges.

KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City first reported what lead to the mix-up.

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