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.
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.
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