Woman shows WFTV live frog in unopened bag of lettuce in Florida

A Minneola woman told WFTV she bought a bag of Market Fresh lettuce at a Walmart and found a frog alive inside. 

Dwanita Pitman said she couldn’t believe it when she discovered a frog crawling around the bag of Market Side salad mix that she bought on Thursday. 

The woman said she noticed the frog in the bagged lettuce after she washed some grapes and went to put them back in the crisper drawer. 

“I noticed, like, legs and a hand print,” Pitman said. “I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, babe. Oh, my gosh. Something’s in this bag, something’s in this bag, and it’s moving.'” 

Food and Drug Administration officials were at the woman’s Lake County home conducting an investigation, but would not comment on the issue. 

After making this discovery, Pitman called the company that made the salad mix. She also called the FDA and WFTV. 

“I was like, somebody has got to see this. Nobody’s going to believe this, that it stays alive and the bag’s not open,” Pitman said. 

Pittman said the incident is so crazy, some may doubt her story, but she said it’s not a hoax, and she’s not looking to sue. 

“I don’t have anything to gain,” she said. 

Walmart released the following statement: 

“Thanks for bringing this to our attention. This fails to meet our high standards of quality food at every level. 

“We have reached out directly to the customer to express our sincerest apologies. 

“The store has removed the product with this lot number from its shelves and we’re currently working with our supplier to find out how this could have happened.”


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