Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Bloke ‘off his food’ after finding frog in his stir-fry packet mix

A bloke is “off his food” after realising that the healthy vegetable stir-fry his Mrs had bought from Woolworths contained a whole frog.

Tony Palmer said he thought he had bitten into a bad piece of cabbage when he encountered the chewy item in a Rainbow Vegetables stir fry.

His partner Kathy McGee told 9news: "He was trying gnaw on it and he's a bit a bit off and he's swallowed it and he said, 'I don't know what it is, it doesn't taste like cabbage', and he pulled it out of his mouth and he realised it was a frog!”

Kathy, 61, continued: "He’s pulled the whole frog out and there's a leg missing and he's quite convinced that's the part he's bit off and swallowed.

"Both of us were quite sick in realising what he'd just consumed.

“We were peeving,” she added.

The couple, who are from the Ipswich area south-west of Brisbane, Australia, both felt nauseous after discovering the rogue amphibian. Kathy says she called Woolworths the following morning and after some discussion she was offered a refund and replacement packet of stir fry mix.

"I'm still angry about it,” Kathy says.

“My husband — he's a big eater but he's been very cautious about what he's eaten in the last few days and he hasn't eaten much at all, it's put him off his food," she told reporters.

"He's got it in his head that he's consumed a part of a frog.

"I'm not happy with the response. I'd like to see them put better measures into how they package their food.

"This was diced salad but the frog was whole, so how did it get into the package after the salad was mixed? I don't know. They obviously aren't managing their safety regulations very well.”

A Woolworths spokesperson told 9news that the company treats food safety seriously and is “ very concerned about these claims".

"We're following the matter up with our salad supply partner and store team urgently," a spokesperson said.

They added: "We're unaware of any further reports of a similar nature on pre-mixed salad products at this time."

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