A grandfather from Texas made a disgusting discovery when he realized what was floating inside his grandson’s soda.
John Graves of Katy, Texas, purchased a Dr. Pepper for his 3-year-old grandson Kayden on May 8. When Kayden did not finish the soda, Graves placed the cap on the 20-ounce bottle and stored it away.
Upon further inspection of the bottle the next morning, Kayden’s family found a large, dead rodent floating inside.
"This morning when they opened it they found something floating in there," Graves said, according to KPRC. "Pretty good size. About [three] inches long with a big tail."
Concerned about what he might contract from drinking from the bottle, Graves says the family contacted Kayden's pediatrician.
"They did blood and urine samples, contacted the state of Texas and the CDC," Graves stated.
he family uploaded images of the rodent tainted Dr. Pepper to social media, Uproxx reports. Be warned, the photos are not for the squeamish.
The Dr. Pepper-Snapple company is aware of the incident, and released the following statement:
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our consumers. We take all consumer complaints very seriously, are very concerned about the call we received today from Mr. Graves and are investigating it as best as we can.
What we know from our experience is that given the controls and safeguards we have in our production facilities it is virtually impossible for any foreign object to enter any container during the bottling process. All of our containers enter our facility on pallets in our warehouse and remain covered until the moment they are placed on our high-speed filling lines. Once on the filling lines, they are inverted and rinsed out before they are filled and capped.
We have offered to dispatch a courier to pick up the product to take it out for testing by a third party forensics laboratory, but the consumer has declined this request. This lab would be able to analyze any rodent that got into the product, determine how it entered the container and even inspect the contents of its stomach. This process can take six to eight weeks to yield conclusive findings. Until we have the opportunity to review the contents, we don’t have a way to do a full investigation