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The frog in the frozen vegetables

Here's a story I had to, er, hop right on.

According to this report, Marty Hoffman of Grand Ledge, Mich. was preparing a meal for the family dog (who's on a special diet) when she opened a store-brand bag of frozen veggies. Inside she found not just the expected mix of vegetables but also a bonus, of sorts: a small frog. As the bag had been left out of the freezer a while, the critter was, like the vegetables, partly thawed, its little mouth slightly open.

Hope there isn't a frog in these frozen veggies! (Katherine Frey/For the Washington Post)

Hoffman's husband Tim says he was concerned that the frozen frog might have been part of a more widespread problem requiring broader attention. He says he alerted the FDA's Detroit office right away and was assured of a followup. Apparently he didn't hear back until the incident attracted media coverage. The grocery store at which the Hoffmans bought the vegetables responded quickly, removing that line of frozen vegetables from the freezers and opening each bag to inspect for frogs. None were found.

The FDA press office tells me the agency is aware of the incident and is currently investigating.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 21, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls  
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A truly ribbiting story.

Posted by: jobro1 | October 21, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I know someone once found a frog in a bag of frozen beans. I know because I watched the frog go right along the belt and wouldn't pick it out. This happened many many years ago so I know it wasn't these people. Sorry to whoever bought that bag.

Posted by: goodwater1 | October 21, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure dude felt a little froggy, after such a discovery. I'd have jumped right out of my seat. I sure am not green w/ envy, in regard to this find. Lol!

Posted by: The_Funknician | October 21, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

& yo, WaPo, just for the record... I certainly am not interested in seeing to baskets worth of random items that don't EVEN relate to this story. Why not show ACTUAL pics of THE FROG, itself? If you play it, you must DISPLAY it. Lol!

Posted by: The_Funknician | October 21, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The thing about finding bugs and critters in your food simply means that there aren't enough pesticides in there to do any harm.

Bon appetit!

P.S. What's worse than finding a worm in your apple?

A. Finding half of a worm!

Posted by: QuincyPynke | October 21, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm in West MI as well and am now totally freaked out! Here's a link to the LOCAL news which includes a real picture...EW!!

Posted by: katieScarlettOkitty | October 21, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Has Glenn Beck been accounted for? I love his funny frog voice!! So hi-larious!!

Posted by: motogp46 | October 21, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

When I worked in the Produce Dept. of a grocery store. I found a small frog in the crate of green beans and it was still alive. We put him in a container and warmed him up, then released him outside (after telling the Dept. Manager, who didn't seem to be too bothered).

Posted by: bmp246 | October 21, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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