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Swedish woman finds toad in pre-packed salad

Joel Linde · 20 Sep 2011, 11:35

Published: 20 Sep 2011 11:35 GMT+02:00

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Sofie Isaksson in Örebro, west of Stockholm, had been using leaves from a pre-packed bag of salad, purchased at the supermarket, for almost a week when she discovered it contained more than she had bargained for.

"At first I thought it was a rat so I just screamed and dropped the bag and yelled at my daughter to come check it out," Isaksson told The Local.

Instead, Isaksson uncovered a toad embedded amongst the salad leaves.

"It was pretty stiff at first, legs folded in and eyes closed, so we thought it was dead. We poked it and it started moving. I guess it was just chilled to the bones."

The stealthy amphibian had managed to avoid danger the two or three times Isaksson had picked salad leaves from the bag prior to the shocking discovery.

"It was quite a big bag so I had only taken leaves from the top layer. My dad taught me the trick to blow air into the bag to make the salad last longer," Isaksson explained.

"And then I sealed it with a rubber band."

The incident even made the crawling intruder a TV celebrity, when the hosts for a popular evening news show telephoned Isaksson to comment on the incident during their live broadcast.

“We're getting rid of it,” she said on the show, “but my daughter so wants to keep it that we're waiting a bit.”

Ted Stenshed, CEO of the company Sydgrönt that distributed the salad, told local media that although unfortunate, it’s actually a sign that their products grow in a helathy environment, since wildlife is drawn to it.

“It’s not common, but these things do happen sometimes,” Stenshed told local paper Nerikes Allehanda.

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Since the whole process, from harvest to packaging, is done mechanically, it sometimes allows for hungry freeloaders to stowaway.

But apart from the bonus pet for her daughter, Isaksson will receive gift certificates from the company as compensation.

Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:20 September 20, 2011 by Tysknaden
She can be happy it wasn't a hedgehog.
14:30 September 20, 2011 by Scepticion
It's not just hedgehogs.

"Swedish law prohibits the possession of wild animals".

And that is surely animal abuse, keeping a frog in a fridge.

Where is the police when you need them? Go arrest this criminals. ;-0
14:31 September 20, 2011 by Opinionfool
I'm surprised that the toad survived at all let alone for a week. The gases pumped into those bags of salds --- supposedly to keep the content fresh during transportation --- are toxic. The toad should have been dead.
15:29 September 20, 2011 by Åskar
If she wasn't a vegetarian, what would be the problem?
15:58 September 20, 2011 by Gabin
Kanske a charming Prince,.,
16:12 September 20, 2011 by Tanskalainen
My wife often finds a toad in my salad.
17:04 September 20, 2011 by StockholmSam
Whoever said Swedish produce isn't fresh?

On a side note...

Ted Stenshed, CEO of the company Sydgrönt, said that "since the whole process, from harvest to packaging, is done mechanically, it sometimes allows for hungry freeloaders to stowaway."

I find it unfortunate that this company has mechanized to such an extent that it cannot provide jobs within the community where the produce is grown. That decision is neither responsible nor sustainable.
20:01 September 20, 2011 by muscle
perhaps when the air was blown in the vegetables by mouth, out came the toady boy
22:10 September 20, 2011 by dizzymoe33
When I used to work in the produce department we had bananas come from Ecuador with baby tarantulas in them and snakes. You just never know who is going to hitch a ride.
00:19 September 21, 2011 by colombianska_tjej
Well, she was lucky that it was a toad and not a poisonous spider. I can sort of confirm what Dizzymoe had just said, sometimes in bananas you can find very aggressive, very poisonous spiders. You never know
01:07 September 21, 2011 by jack sprat
No doubt Swedens version of toad in the hole.
02:23 September 21, 2011 by SirAdam
Surprise, surprise, surprise! Toadally gross!!!
07:07 September 21, 2011 by Frank Arbach
The woman concerned would have been even more surprised if the package contained something edible
10:22 September 21, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
It was intentionally placed in the salad greens as a crisper. They are crispy, and crunchy too! This is nothing, I occassionally get a scorpion or two in my mailbox, shoes, and even my bed here in the American Southwest.
02:41 September 22, 2011 by Otello
SO she has not paid for meat or how?
09:13 September 23, 2011 by J Jack
Who keeps a salad in the fridge for a week? Students?
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