<<< …a half-consumed can of Diet Pepsi discovered dead rat inside. This is why we at BP endorses HOME MADE LEMONADE AS OUR OFFICIAL DRINK!
Sentinel Staff Writer
ORMOND BEACH, FL – Federal officials are investigating what an Ormond Beach couple found in a can of Diet Pepsi last week: the remains of a possible rodent [RAT].
The Food and Drug Administration is testing the can, which Fred Denegri popped open on July 23 and drank, only later to discover what was inside.
“It was unreal,” said his wife Amy Denegri, who became suspicious of the can when she couldn’t shake out the thing inside.
“It’s big enough that it wouldn’t come out.”
The Diet Pepsi can was one of the last to be consumed from three dozen cans that the Denegris bought at the Sam’s Club in Daytona Beach.
Pepsi officials said Wednesday that they traced the can back to the manufacturing plant in Orlando and didn’t find anything amiss with the company’s quality controls and soda sampling.
“It is virtually impossible for this type of thing to happen in a production environment,” said Pepsi spokesman Jeff Dahncke, “We run about 1,250 cans per minute on these production lines. Their speed, along with the rigorous quality control systems we have in place throughout our manufacturing process, give us great confidence in the quality and safety of our products.”
Fred Denegri has long been a Pepsi fan and is something of a “addict” to Diet Pepsi, said his wife Amy.
The 55-year-old man had pulled out the can of soda to enjoy with his dinner at the couple’s outdoor tiki bar.
He took the first sip and had an awful reaction to it, she said.
“I can’t describe his face but if you think about what he just drank, you can imagine,” she said. “He said, ‘This doesn’t taste right. I don’t know. It’s disgusting.’ ”
They poured out the soda and a “pink slimy thing” was the first piece to come out of the can. They peered inside and saw what they believe was a mouse, or what was left of it.
They called poison control, but Fred Denegri didn’t become sick. An FDA official retrieved the can for further testing.
“We take all complaints seriously and are moving quickly to investigate it,” said FDA spokeswoman Susan M. Cruzan.
In the meantime, the Denegris are surprised by their sudden notoriety. “We felt it needed to be out there, that the public should know,” she said.
And Fred Denegri is still drinking Diet Pepsi. “We buy the bottles now, though. And he pours it into a glass,” she said.