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

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is shown Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in South Jordan, Utah. Police say a woman was in extremely critical condition after drinking sweet tea laced with an industrial cleaning chemical at Dickey's Barbecue Pit. South Jordan Police Cpl. Sam Winkler says the 67-year-old woman was eating at Dickey's Barbecue Pit on Sunday when she poured herself a glass of tea from the beverage bar. Winkler says the woman took a sip and her mouth started burning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit is shown Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in South Jordan, Utah. Police say a woman was in extremely critical condition after drinking sweet tea laced with an industrial cleaning chemical at Dickey's Barbecue Pit. South Jordan Police Cpl. Sam Winkler says the 67-year-old woman was eating at Dickey's Barbecue Pit on Sunday when she poured herself a glass of tea from the beverage bar. Winkler says the woman took a sip and her mouth started burning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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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