The nail is about 1.5 inches long and was on the bottom of the cookie that a child bit into.
Here's the news release:
The Darien Police Department is investigating the
report of a pallet-style nail found in a bakery product sold from Panera
Bread (store #601179) located at 1063 Post Rd. in Darien,
A female customer and her children visited the store on
the afternoon of Nov. 25, 2013. One of the items
purchased was a large chocolate chip cookie. The customer returned to
her home in Stamford where she served the cookie to her young daughter
When the child bit into the cookie, she reportedly felt
something hard. Upon inspection, the customer reported that she
observed a nail baked into the cookie.
The “twist shank” style nail lacked a sharp point and is consistent with those used in the construction of wood pallets. The nail is approximately 2 inches in length and has a rusted appearance. The child did not experience any injury from the nail.
investigation of Panera Bread’s operations revealed that frozen cookie
dough is shipped to the local store by a distributor where it is then
baked. The Darien Panera Bread store immediately removed all cookies
from their shelves following the incident.
The Darien Health Department and State Department of Health were subsequently notified. The Darien Health Department conducted an initial inspection of the Panera Bread store on Dec. 2, 2013; continued involvement by the Darien Health Department is planned.Panera Bread and the distributer, SYGMA, are cooperating fully with the Darien Police Department’s investigation. At this time, there is no indication the nail was intentionally placed in the cookie and there are no other known victims. Investigation regarding the nail’s origin is ongoing.