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CCSO: ‘Foreign object’ found in food of police officer
The incident occurred Friday at the Thomas Crossroads KFC, located at 3430 Highway 34 E., when a member from the Newnan Police Department located a “foreign object” in his food after ordering, according to Capt. Elaine Jordan with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

(Editor’s note, July 4, 2020 - 1:54 p.m. – This story has been reflected to indicate the owner of the restaurant has pledged full cooperation into the incident.)

A local fast-food restaurant is now the subject of a criminal investigation after an employee reportedly tampered with the food of a local police officer.

The incident occurred Friday at the Thomas Crossroads KFC, located at 3430 Highway 34 E., when a member from the Newnan Police Department located a “foreign object” in his food after ordering, according to Capt. Elaine Jordan with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Because the incident occurred outside the city limits, members from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office were contacted to investigate.

“At this time, KFC did not wish to audit their video system to see how the foreign object ended up in the food,” Jordan said.

Ted Meeker, attorney for the restaurant owner, said employees and managers do not have access to the video system, which prevented investigators from accessing the video footage.

“My client, who is currently out of town, was shocked to hear of the incident and has pledged his full cooperation into the investigation and will continue to do so,” he said. “He’s a longtime supporter of law enforcement and the community as a whole.”

It has not been revealed what exactly the employee did to the food, but the sheriff’s office confirmed a Newnan police officer was involved in the incident.

The incident is now considered an active investigation by the sheriff’s office, and no arrests have been made at this time.

It’s a misdemeanor offense under Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) 26-2-22 to "adulterate" any food/drink or to deliver or offer for sale any food/drink that is "adulterated."

Food/drink is deemed adulterated according to O.C.G.A. 26-2-26 when it "contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health."