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Frog in the Salad-Unproven!
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor is accompanied by a
picture of pre-packaged lettuce and asks you to look closely at the
product. Inside the bag amid the lettuce leaves is what appears to
be a live green frog. The packaging is in Spanish and the eRumor
says it's a bag of lettuce from Mexico.
The Truth: The picture is one of a
product distributed by the Florette Company. It is located in
Europe and does not distribute to North, Central, or South America but
the packaging is in Spanish, so it may have been directed toward
Spain. The label says "Canonigos" then "Fresco,
Lavado." Canonigos means "Lambs Lettuce" and
the remaining words mean that it is fresh and washed.
TruthOrFiction.com has contacted the Florette Company to ask about the
frog, but so far has not received a response.
Stories about contaminated food need to be approached with caution
because so many of them turn out to be hoaxes. Some of the
hoaxes are just for fun but others have been perpetrated by people
hoping to file successful lawsuits against food companies and
Still, there has been a surprising
number of reports of frogs in salads. If they are true, the theory
is that the combination of moisture, vegetation, and the air in the
package could sustain the life of a trapped frog.
An Associated Press story from June 7, 2006 tells of a woman in the
Netherlands who says she found a live frog in her salad at a fast-food
restaurant. She was identified as 23-year-old Astrid Roek and
claims she made the discovery at a Burger King in Amsterdam.
A Reuters report from May 4, 2004, tells of an airline passenger who was
on a Quantus flight from Melbourne, Australia, to Wellington, New
Zealand who found a life frog in her salad.
A telecast on WMAQ-TV in Chicago told of a woman in Arco Trento, Italy
who opened a package of lettuce at home and a live frog hopped out.
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