A consumer of South Bend, Indiana was horrified when she prepared a can of Meijer green beans for her family’s dinner. Somehow a toad managed to leap into one of the cans Gloria Chubb purchased. The little croaker wasn’t noticed until she was serving the green beans.
This incident was reported on Fox 8 and the Huffington Post on April 29 stating that the toad sealed in the can was whole for the most part. The legs of the toad were not attached and at first resembled bits of bacon that might have been added to the canned vegetable. This was not the case. Gloria was shocked to say the least when she realized that the addition to her vegetable was a toad. This was a totally revolting discovery and surely a meal breaker for this Indiana family.
Meal breaker (n.): a nasty, non-edible surprise found in food while it is being eaten; often lawsuit-provoking, sometimes fabricated, always disgusting.
“I think they should come up with a better way of inspecting and canning vegetables,” said Chubb. “I mean anything can happen you know but a whole frog?”
St. Joseph County Health Department took photos of the toad after Gloria Chubb took the toad and two other cans of beans to their agency. She didn’t want any other family to experience the shock and uncomfortable feeling of disgust she had. The additional cans she had in her possession she returned Meijer where she received a full refund for her purchases.
Meijer issued this statement:
“Our goal at Meijer is to always provide the highest quality products to our customers. We sincerely regret this customer’s experience, and we are in the process of investigating the incident.”
The Food Service Director, Rita Hooten at the St. Joseph County Health Department transferred the toad and the cans of beans to the Indiana State Department of Health where a full investigation will be performed. Since the canned food is a wholesale manufactured product the state overrides the county for investigative procedures.
It was learned that the canning plant is located in Wisconsin. The State Health Department stated that “the most common rodents or insects found in canned veggies are toads, mice and grasshoppers. It’s not exclusive to canned veggies; it can happen with frozen veggies too.” This is not all that reassuring to Gloria Chubb or any other consumer who purchases this and similar products.
It isn’t uncommon for fast paced canning factories moving 300 plus cans a minute through their factories to find a toad or frog among the food that runs through the conveyor belts. These amphibious creatures find fields or corn, peas and green beans a natural habitat for them to live in. Although it isn’t an uncommon occurrence it isn’t one that happens very often.
What would you do if you found a frog in your can of green beans?
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