A Live Frog Was Found in These Triple-Washed Organic Salad Greens and Nothing Is Sacred Anymore

updated Aug 19, 2019
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I love grocery-store clamshells full of triple-washed salad greens so much that they make my heart skip a beat, but something tells me that if I found a surprise stowaway like one Wisconsin family did recently, my heart would have stopped beating altogether.

According to Karlie Allen of North Shore, Wisconsin, this salad blend she purchased from Simple Truth Organic was so fresh that a frog took up residence in it. She says that she didn’t notice until she took it home and started preparing a dinner salad for her family. The wildest part? The frog was still alive and kicking upon discovery, shamelessly romping around in the “ready-to-eat” leafy greens.

A CNN affiliate reports that Allen immediately whipped out her phone to record a video of the frog crawling inside the salad greens. The frog escaped overnight (to where, we are unsure), but Allen managed to take the video evidence to her local Pick ‘n Save and was granted a full refund for her troubles.

Here’s what the supermarket’s parent company had to say of the salad snafu:

“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 with fresh produce items. In this instance the customer returned the organic lettuce for an even exchange.”

Perhaps the most alarming part is that this situation occurred in a package of TRIPLE-WASHED salad greens. I don’t know about you, but when I buy a package of what I believe to be pre-washed mesclun greens, into the salad bowl they go! It’s a game-changing grocery shortcut that I’m afraid I’ve just lost complete faith in.

Let this be a warning to us all: Don’t blindly make salads unless you want to risk also having frog legs for dinner — and not the French kind…