Dead Frog Found in Can of Peas

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Dead Frog in Can of Peas

A dead frog was found in a can of Kroger peas
Unwelcome guest. A Kroger customer complained that when she opened a can of peas she found a dead frog inside. Viral image via forwarded email

Description: Email rumor
Circulating since: March 2003
Status: True

Email contributed by L Holmes, March 26, 2003:

FW: Piper's Frog in Kroger peas

For those of you that haven't already heard from me personally here is a little story about Kroger (Dillons) brand canned peas. Trust me, it is NO JOKE.

On 3-12 I heated up a can of Kroger peas in the microwave that I had purchased from Dillons at Central and Maize. After eating about half the bowl I noticed something a little darker mixed in with my peas. After one more spoonful of peas IT APPEARED. A FROG!!! After doing a double-triple take I spit my peas out all over the counter and ran to the kitchen sink and lost it. Grossed out beyond belief I poured a big glass of wine and chugged it. Apparently wine and frog laced peas don't go well together because I went back to the sink and lost it again.

I called Kroger and they gave me the standard were sorry story and blamed their supplier, Lakeside Foods. They had me Fed Ex the frog to Lakeside foods for frog analysis or something.

HERE IS THE INTERESTING PART. To my amazement/ horror the Kroger representative said I WAS NOT THE ONLY PERSON THIS WAS HAPPENING TO. Yes, there could me more Kroger frogs out there!

After a about a week they determine that there was indeed a frog in my peas. When I asked how they were going to resolve the situation they offered me a $100 Kroger gift card. I was pretty offended. I haven't been able to eat any vegetable since that day let alone look at a can of peas.

So this doesn't happen to anyone else I am attaching the pictures of my little friend and the can he came in. Lakeside Foods also supplies canned vegetables to the Fleming Company. Fleming supplies the Wichita Checkers and Boogarts stores. Anyone want the 10 other cans of Kroger vegetables I still have in my cabinet?

Pea sickened for life,

Bryan Piper

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Frog in peas, found by customer
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Analysis: "It did happen," a Kroger representative told me when I recited Bryan Piper's horror story to him over the customer service hotline. "These things can happen, but it's not a very common occurrence. We take the strictest precautions to prevent it."

In this case, he explained, the wayward frog evidently rolled itself into a tiny ball the size and shape of a pea, thus escaping detection during the automated sorting process. Come to find out, this is a fairly well-known phenomenon in the vegetable packing industry.

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He wasn't able to confirm or deny Piper's account of how the company handled his complaint, though according to news coverage by KAKE-TV in Wichita, Piper received a letter of apology from Kroger even though an independent cannery was actually to blame. A spokesman for the cannery confirmed the slip-up and admitted it was not an isolated incident, though oversights of this kind are generally rare, he said. The company claims it has spent millions of dollars on equipment expressly designed to prevent such occurrences.

Urban legends

We're accustomed, of course, to finding out upon investigation that dreadful contamination stories of this ilk are false or, at best, impossible to confirm (e.g., "The McPus Sandwich," "McChickenhead," "Cockroach Egg Tacos," "Kentucky Fried Rat," etc.), thus it's well to be reminded that such incidents really do occur. Every true report lends credence to a host of similar-sounding urban legends, which helps explain why these larger-than-life tales remain popular, indeed comprising their own unique genre of contemporary folklore. It's not, as cynics might claim, because the general public is naive and gullible, but because the stories reflect, albeit in exaggerated form, people's genuine, valid concerns about their own safety and well-being as consumers of a mass-produced, depersonalized food supply.

In recognition of this, it is often said that even the most outlandish urban legends contain at least a small grain of truth. Some, we are now compelled to add, contain an entire legume's worth.

Look before you eat!

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