A viral image on Facebook shows a dead mouse inside a empty Wild Cherry Pepsi bottle
Marie Lynn posted the image to her Facebook on Monday night
The image has been shared over 21,000 times since it was uploaded
Pepsi has yet to make a comment about the viral image
A disturbing image posted to Facebook on Monday night has gone viral. The picture shows an empty bottle of Wild Cherry Pepsi with a dead mouse in it.
The picture was uploaded to Marie Lynn’s Facebook page from Jamison, Pennsylvania. The caption read, “So this was in my Pepsi as I was drinking it this morning #mouseinmypepsi #foul Pepsi I will never drink cherry pepsi again >”
In just 18 hours the image has been shared over 21,000 times and still counting. The Daily Haze reached out to Pepsi for comment, but have yet to receive a response.
So is the picture real? It very well could be, but that has not yet been confirmed and be a bit of a long and grueling task to prove. If it is real, it would not be the first time a dead mouse has been found in a beverage. In May 2016, John Graves made a post to his Facebook after his grandson drank half a liter of Dr Pepper before noticing there was a dead mouse inside.
Nothing like your grandson drinking half a Dr. Pepper only to find a dead rat floating on the bottle. Response from Dr. Pepper was…..”send us the bottle and we will let you know something in 6-8 weeks!” Are you kidding me? What if my grandson drank poison or disease? This was purchased in Galveston yesterday at Valero on 39th and Broadway. Beware people. Way to stand behind your products Dr. Pepper.
Food safety expert Jay Neal of the University of Houston told KPRC 2 it is not that unusual of an occurrence. “A mouse can fit through a hole about the size of a nickel. They don’t have bones, they have cartilage, and they can squeeze through it.” Dr Pepper-Snapple sent the following response to KPRC 2.
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our consumers. We take all consumer complaints very seriously, are very concerned about the call we received today from Mr. graves and are investigating it as best as we can.
What we know from our experience is that given the controls and safeguards we have in our production facilities it is virtually impossible for any foreign objects to enter any container during the bottling process. All of our containers enter our facility on pallets in our warehouse and remain covered until the moment they are placed on our high-speed filling lives. Once on the filling lines, they are inverted and rinsed our before they are filled and capped.
We have offered to dispatch a courier to pick up the product to take it out for testing be a third-party forensics laboratory, but the consumer has declined this request. This lab would be able to analyze any rodent that got into the product, determine how it entered the container and even inspect the contents of its stomach. This process can take up to 6-8 weeks to yield conclusive findings. Until we have the opportunity to review the contents, we don’t have a way to do a full investigation.
Monster Energy Drink
One of the most notable times a mouse was found in a beverage was when 19-year-old Vitaliy Sulzhik found a dead mouse in his Monster Energy Drink can. Sulzhik bought the Monster at a Fred Meyer supermarket in Federal Way, Washington.
I put it down, and I felt it was still heavy. So I backwashed it, and all this debris went into my mouth. Then I looked in the can, and I saw the tip of the tail, and I vomited everywhere.
Sulzhik’s attorney, Reed Yurchak, sent the Monster can and sent it to Seattle-based lab MDE Inc. who found there was no trauma or poison used in the rodent’s death. The forensic results were important because they showed that Sulzhik did not kill a mouse and stuff it in the can.