“Tar” found in oysters at seafood restaurant; Manager admits “appeared to be oil” (VIDEO)

Man claims to find oil in oyster at Cornelius restaurant, WBTV Channel 3 Charlotte, NC, Jun 21, 2010

A man says he found oil inside his oysters while eating at a restaurant located north of Charlotte this weekend. ...

He was so surprised at what he found, he kept one of the oysters to show our cameras.

WBTV reporter Sarah Batista noticed there was a black substance stuck to the inside of the oyster.

"That is definitely tar, that is not on oysters, "said Robertson. ...

"After I ate about four of them, I started looking at my hands and I'm like--what is this stuff on my hands," said Robertson.

Roy Hall is the manager of Vinnie's Raw Bar and he admits the substance in the oyster appeared to be oil.

He said possible food contamination is a concern in the seafood industry right now. ...

"Some of our suppliers have been maxed out, not able to meet our orders," said Hall.

While suppliers and restaurants are doing their best to screen the food, Hall said the substance was inside the oyster which makes it harder to detect.

It's frustrating for both the customer and the restaurant.

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