Six Flags reviewing contests after Fla. roach eating contest death

October 9, 2012 2:24:47 PM PDT
Six Flags Great America says it is reviewing its eating contests after a man died after a roach eating contest at a Florida reptile store.

The park says that it is confident its contests are safe, because the insects they use "are raised specifically for human consumption."

It said that the Florida death appeared to be "an isolated incident," but that it was reviewing contests at its own parks anyway.

In a written statement, Six Flags said:

We were sorry to learn about the unfortunate incident at the reptile store in Florida and our hearts go out to the gentleman's friends and family. We are confident our eating contests are safe as the insects we use are raised specifically for human consumption. Insects are considered a delicacy in many cultures; however, even though this appears to be an isolated incident, we are reviewing the eating contests at our parks to ensure we maintain a safe environment for our guests.

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