Family finds live frog inside salad box from grocery store


(CNN) – I’ll take my salad with light dressing, hold the Kermit.

While finding a live frog in a pre-packaged salad may be decent proof it’s fresh, it’s not exactly what one Wisconsin family wanted to see.

Still, it’s what they found when they got home from the grocery store.

A frog is not something you would ever imagine finding while unpacking groceries.

But that’s what the Allen family found in the lettuce they picked up from the Pick n Save on Port Washington Road this week.

“I’m across the room and I hear a shriek and a thud,” said Karlie Allen.

Karlie Allen was making dinner with her family when her brother noticed the frog.

“And my brother looks at her and goes ‘mom why is there a frog in the salad?'” Allen said.

Allen said she was 100% sure her brother was kidding.

Karlie went to investigate.

“Holy moly this is, this is happening,” Allen said.

That’s when she pulled out her phone.

“I’m thinking one, what the heck how did that get in there? And two, that is absolutely disgusting,” Allen said.

They planned to return the container of simple truth organic lettuce and the frog, but to their surprise, it escaped overnight.

“It’s perched on an outlet by our kitchen counter,” Allen said.

After deciding to let the frog go, Allen took the lettuce back to the store in the morning and showed the clerk the video. She was given a full refund, but no answers.

“I just want to know how somebody didn’t notice it or how it even managed to get through the packaging process alive,” Allen said.

Simple Truth apologized to Karlie in a tweet.

“We are so sorry that the simple truth product had a live frog inside of the carton,” the tweet read.

Roundy’s, Pick n Save’s parent company, sent this statement:

“These situations happen from time to time when organic products are involved. Usda certified organic items must be free of synthetic additives and certain pesticides. Although rare, from time-to-time we do see insects and other small animals such as frogs make it through packaging and fresh produce items.”

Still, it’s hard for Karlie to think about eating salad any time soon.

“This is in a box of lettuce that’s supposed to be triple washed and organic and healthy,” Allen said.

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