Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Authorities are investigating after a California woman said she found unidentified pills in the salads she ordered from a drive-through.
Wildomar resident Gina Franco said in a Facebook post that she ordered two salads, one for herself and one for her daughter, from the El Pollo Loco drive-through in Menifee on Tuesday evening.
Franco said she and her daughter had started to eat at home when they noticed white specs in their salads.
The mother said the white spots appeared to be pills. She said there were about six in her salad and two more in her daughter's.
Franco said she called the eatery and talked to the manager.
"She apologized on the phone, and said -- I don't know if it it was something to be funny -- but she said, 'We do have a new burrito guy on the line and maybe he messed up on something,'" Franco told KABC-TV.
Franco said she also visited the restaurant to speak to the manager in person.
"Her reaction was like. 'I'm sorry. These are something we definitely don't carry,'" Franco said. "These do look like pills don't they?'"
Franco, who was issued a refund for the salads, said she reported the incident to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office, which confirmed an investigation has been opened.
"They still don't know what it is to be honest with you," Franco said. "I just want to make sure it doesn't happen to other people, because one, we don't know what the substance is, and two, even if it's not narcotics, someone could still be highly allergic to whatever the content carried."
El Pollo Loco responded to the discovery in a statement.
"El Pollo Loco is committed to serving the highest quality products, and food safety is our number one priority," a spokesman said.
"This is the first we have heard of this video and we are very concerned. We take all claims seriously and value our customers and their experience at our restaurants. We immediately opened an investigation and are attempting to contact the customer directly," the spokesman said.