Hoppy Meal

Monday, July 05, 2004
First you have women giving birth to frogs. Then you have toads taking refuge in salads. When is this madness going to stop?

Woman claims she found toad in salad

HANSON, Mass. - Dorinda McCann is hopping mad over a toad she found in her salad.

McCann, 34, found the two-inch long toad in a takeout salad bought at a McDonald’s in Hanson on June 16.

[...] “I was sick — what if I had salmonella poisoning? Did anybody call?” she said.

Town health agent Vincent Flaherty said he is waiting to learn the origin of the toad, which is being tested by the California-based company that processes the lettuce used in McDonald’s salads.

[...] Meanwhile, McCann, her husband, Thomas, and their two daughters, once regular McDonald’s customers, have stopped going to the restaurant.

This isn't the first time that an amphibian has emerged from a salad.

Live frog found in airline meal

An airline passenger received a shock when she found a frog in her in-flight meal, New Zealand authorities say.

The 4cm (1.6-inch) whistling tree frog had stowed away in a salad on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Wellington.

"There was a bit of consternation by the passenger who called back the attendant," said Fergus Small of New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture. The attendant removed the salad and the frog, which was killed by quarantine staff when the aircraft landed.

Mr Small said frogs had been known to travel in the cargo holds of aircraft, but it was the first time the country's Quarantine Service was aware of one being found in a meal.

A Qantas spokesman told the New Zealand Herald newspaper that the airline had since changed its lettuce supplier and introduced "additional procedures into the salad supply process".

Of course, the French would call that a delicacy...

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Puzzle over three-headed frog