Baked beans on toast are one of the most popular of traditional English foods, but a mother of five in Peterlee, County Durham, said she’d never eat beans again after finding what she said appeared to be an animal of some sort in a can of Branston baked beans.
“I got the shock of my life. I didn’t dare get too close and was worried in case it was still alive,” Frater said. “I got it out with a spoon and put it on the side. I started screaming, and all the kids were going ‘Ugh, that’s horrible.'”
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She said she posted a photo of the offending entity on Facebook, seeking suggestions as to its identity.
“People have said it could be a slug, a leaf, mold, fungus, a dead frog or a snake skin. Some people think it might be a creature,” Frater said. But of one thing she said she is certain:
“I have no idea what it is but know I will never eat baked beans again.”
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By the standards of lawsuit-happy America, Frater was being a good sport about it all. Rather than filing a formal complaint, she reported the matter to Branston, a popular and well-established British brand, and asked for an explanation.
A Branston spokesman said the company had been following up with Frater to obtain more information and that the “creature” probably was not an animal.
“It would appear to be mold that has developed due to damage to the can resulting in a small perforation that has allowed air to enter — this being an extremely rare occurrence,” the spokesman said. “We will advise Donna once our investigation is completed and sincerely apologize for any concern this has caused.”
Many companies in the U.S. respond to consumer complaints by offering discounts on future purchases of their merchandise. Let’s hope Branston doesn’t go that route with Donna Marie Frater — because she’s literally not having any of it. Not anymore.
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