Woman claims she found frog in can of dog food

Posted By elaine on August 17, 2010

My dogs would have considered this find a bonus, but most pet owners wouldn’t agree with them!

An Illinois pet owner says she made  a “disgusting” discovery when she recently opened a can of Pedigree dog food.   Inside the can of chicken with gravy food Dianne T. says she found a dead frog.

“It was the most disgusting thing,” she told ConsumerAffairs.com. “I almost hurled and I have a strong stomach.”

Dianne says she often splits a can of wet food between her four dogs – two Blue Merle Collies, an Old English Sheepdog, and her ailing mom’s Shih Tzu.

“When I opened up this can on Thursday night I saw a brown clump in the food,” the Frankfort, Illinois, pet owner says. “I was like ‘what is that?’ I flipped it over and it was a dead frog.”

ConsumerAffairs.com contacted Mars about the frog-tainted dog food and the company told us it’s investigating Dianne’s “unlikely” claim.

“At Mars Petcare US, quality and food safety is our top priority,” the company said in a statement ConsumerAffairs.com received Friday evening. “While it’s highly improbable that this could occur, we’re taking it very seriously and launching a full-scale investigation into this consumer’s claim.”

Mars added: “We are sending a third-party to the consumer’s home today to collect the frog and deliver it directly to an independent lab for testing. It’s important to note that canned pet food is cooked at high temperatures and processed on high speed equipment, making it very unlikely that a frog could become enclosed in a can.“
When asked about the company’s doubts concerning her claim: “We figured they’d say that, but there’s a cooked frog in this can of food. Its legs are curled. I think they’re side-stepping this situation,” Dianne says.  “I also have no desire to sue Mars. That’s the last thing on my mind.”

Dianne, however, does expect Mars to take two specific actions.

“What I want Mars to do is clean up their facility,” she says. “Frogs belong outside. They belong in a pond – not in my dogs’ food. I also expect Mars to take care of my vet bills if my dogs get sick, but only it pertains to the dead frog.”

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