Kid Allegedly Finds A Rodent Inside His Bottle Of Dr Pepper
If you're one of those people trying to avoid obesity and diabetes by cutting out sugary drinks from your diet, then you've come to the right place for motivation.
A three-year-old boy allegedly found a rodent inside his bottle of Dr Pepper. Yes, you read that right.
John Graves, from Katy, Texas, apparently gave his grandson Kayden a bottle of the fizzy drink while they were enjoying a day out on Sunday.
Kayden gave the bottle back to his granddad when he'd had enough. It was then that he noticed a small, mouse-sized animal floating on the inside.
The family are now concerned for Kayden's health and he's since undergone tests to make sure he has not contracted any diseases from the drink. Blood and urine samples were also taken.
Graves told KPRC 2: "I want to get the rat tested to see where it came from, how it got there, if there is any medical concerns we should be concerned about."
Dr Pepper has released the following statement to KPRC 2:
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"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 6-8 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."
Although the spokesperson insisted it's virtually impossible for a rodent to squeeze into a bottle of that size, experts disagree.
Jay Neal, a food and safety expert at the University of Houston, says it is very much possible.
"A mouse can fit through a hole about the size of a nickel," Neal said. "They don't have bones, they have cartilage, and they can squeeze through it."
The family now plan to contact a lawyer and work with Dr Pepper to get to the bottom of the incident.
Let's just hope Kayden is alright.
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Words by Liam Bond