FDA investigators had some good news and bad news for Fred DeNegri of Ormand Beach, Florida earlier this week.
The good news is that the elongated pink blob he found in a can of "funny-tasting" Diet Pepsi last July (see disgusting images) wasn't a dead mouse, contrary to his original suspicions.
The bad news is that it was, in fact, a dead frog or toad.
Folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand considers "The Mouse in the Coke" and similar stories about dead animals turning up in soft drink containers among the oldest and best known food contamination rumors. There are many. In his book, Manufacturing Tales, sociologist Gary Alan Fine analyzed numerous anecdotal reports and related court cases over the years, concluding that at least some of them had to have been inspired by actual incidents.
Case in point. Mr. DeNegri and his wife are reportedly considering their legal options.
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