July 30, 2009

FDA probes dead mouse in Pepsi can claim

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is testing a Diet Pepsi can that a Florida couple claims contained the remains of a dead rodent.

Fred Denegri, 55, and his wife, Amy, of Orland Beach, said they poured out the can after Fred determined that it tasted wrong and discovered what they said appeared to be a dead mouse inside the can, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Monday.

The FDA said the can has been retrieved for testing.

We take all complaints seriously and are moving quickly to investigate it, spokeswoman Susan Cruzan said.

Pepsi officials said Wednesday the can came from the plant in Orlando but company investigators were unable to find anything amiss with 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.