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Live Frog Found in Packaged Salad

Netlore Archive: Emailed image purportedly shows a live frog found in a bag of Florette brand packaged salad mix.

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: May 2006
Status: Unknown

Email contributed by an AOL user, Aug. 30, 2006:

Subject: Salad Fixins

Look closely at the package. Just below the words Fresco Lavado...

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Dont forget this brand of fresh lettuce, folks. What probably happened is, the water the lettuce was washed in contained polliwogs and these became fresh new frogs, right in the packages. So if you're looking for salad fixins with a little more body, then be sure and try this brand. Don't forget, it's the extra care that Mexican companies take that makes the difference.

Analysis: There is precious little to go on by way of confirming or disputing the authenticity of this "find," though we can confidently dismiss the implication that the product came from Mexico as false. Florette is a European brand. The Spanish-language packaging indicates that the product was purchased in Spain, not Mexico.

Live frog supposedly found in a package of Florette salad (detail)The frog looks real enough and the image shows no obvious signs of manipulation, but we can't rule out the possibility that the package itself was tampered with and the creature inserted as a prank.

When the "rana en la ensalada" story first began popping up on Spanish-language blogs in May 2006, it was accompanied by a YouTube video which evidently showed the frog wriggling around inside the bag, alive and well. The video has since been deleted, however, along with the Web page from which it was originally linked.

I have written to the Florette company to inquire about the incident and await their reply.

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Last updated: 09/07/06

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