Family finds living frog in a carton of organic salad greens

(CNN) — A family in North Shore, Wisconsin, found a live frog in its store-bought salad, according to CNN affiliate WTMJ. And the store acknowledges it happens sometimes.It was an ordinary Tuesday for Karlie Allen and her family. After buying groceries from a Pick ‘n Save in Glendale, they began preparing dinner. Then, they found a surprise guest in their packaged Simple Truth Organic lettuce.

“I’m across the room, and I hear a shriek and a thud,” Allen told WTMJ.

And that’s when she saw it — a living frog in their organic salad greens.

“Holy moly, this is this is happening,” Allen said.

So she pulled out her phone and started recording the frog crawling around inside the salad carton.

“I’m thinking, ‘One — how the heck did that get in there?’ and ‘Two — that is absolutely disgusting.’ ”

The family had planned on returning the lettuce, frog included, to Pick ‘n Save, but somehow the little amphibian escaped overnight.

How does something like this happen?

Allen still brought the salad back to the grocery store and showed the clerk the video she took.

While Allen received a refund, she still wanted some answers.

“I just want to know how somebody didn’t notice it or how it even managed to get though the packaging process alive,” she said.

Simple Truth apologized to Allen in a direct message on Twitter.

“We are so sorry that the Simple Truth product had a live frog inside of the carton,” the brand said.

Pick ‘n Save’s parent company, Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., told CNN’s affiliate these situations happen occasionally when organic products are involved.

“USDA Certified Organic items must be free of synthetic additives and certain pesticides,” the company said in a statement. “Although rare, from time-to-time we do see insects and other small animals such as frogs make it through packaging with fresh produce items. In this instance the customer returned the organic lettuce for an even exchange.”

While this may not be a new occurrence for food and grocery companies, Allen told WMTJ she doesn’t plan to eat salad any time soon.

“This is in a box of lettuce that’s supposed to be triple washed and organic and healthy,” Allen said.

By Kendall Trammell, CNN


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  • Rj

    The FDA and the USDA allow certain numbers of things in our food and if you see what they allow it would make anyone stop eating.

    • Mr F!

      Pretty sure a live frog in a bag of spinach isn’t allowed under those tolerances. And even if it is, for something that big, they’d have to list it in the official ingredients on the back of the bag, which they probably didn’t. So they could probably sue the food company for nutrition labeling violations, or at the very least false advertising.

  • Heather

    Welcome to eating “organic”. Your food is actually grown outside. You want all natural, you got all natural. I assure you, the frog was more afraid of you. xD

  • John

    Yes this isn’t acceptable. The responses “this happens from time to time” are not acceptable. This is food quality and so requires rigid inspection, not even should it be possible for a frog to have crawled through the salad and left and then the salad packaged, let alone within the packaging itself. No one can say their food product is edible and clean and safe if this is even remotely possible.

    • Mr F!

      I was thinking the same thing. Why on earth would that store keep stocking produce from that company after something like this? Manufacturing science dictates that if something happens once during a process, it will happen again if nothing is done about it. And it doesn’t even sound like they’re launching an investigation into that batch, so it will surely happen again. Probably being cheap and renting some nasty factory space in the tropics.

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