A mum from Hampshire has complained to Waitrose after finding a live frog in a bag of salad bought from the supermarket.
Christina Carrington, 50, had already eaten some of the salad before her daughter spotted the frog nestling between the leaves. Only small, the amphibian had gone unnoticed overnight, spending it the fridge.
“I opened the bag took out a portion for my lunch, sealed the bag with a food save clip, and put it back in the fridge,” Christina said. "After I'd eaten lunch at work, I received a phone call from my hysterical daughter, screaming 'there's a frog in the salad bag in the fridge'.”
She added that having paid more for a pre-prepared and presumably washed salad, she expected it to be “properly prepared”.
Waitrose has apologised and released a statement saying: "We are very sorry for the distress caused. All our bagged salad is thoroughly washed and we have steps in place to check each product before packaging.
"Although this is an isolated incident, we're investigating with our suppliers how this happened and taking steps to further minimise the chances of this happening again."
Not knowing what to do with the frog, the family returned it to the fridge for another night until Waitrose collected it.
"I turned the fridge [temperature] down and he seemed quite happy in there," Christina said. "We quite liked him in the end, it was just when he hopped around in the bag - that freaked us out a bit."
The frog is thought to be a pond frog but is still too young to accurately identify.