Snake In Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce Triggers CFIA Probe


The perfect Thanksgiving dinner usually entails a turkey, some stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

But one Ontario family found something more when they opened a can of Ocean Spray cranberry sauce this year: a snake.

Yes, you read correctly. Aimee Casciato of St. Catharines posted these photos on social media, sharing the not-so-delightful surprise she found as her family sat down to dinner.

"The kids are grossed out. My eight-year-old said, ‘Mommy, I don’t want to eat anything from a can again,'" she told CHCH news.

When Casciato contacted Ocean Spray, the company offered her a $10 coupon, and then a rebate after she rejected the first offer, she said.

"I said ‘are you kidding me?' I’m not really interested in buying your product anymore."

While the creature has been sent to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Ocean Spray told CTV News they're also working with officials to determine precisely what happened.

"This is an isolated incident and all products currently in stores or in homes remain safe to consume," spokesperson Kellyanne Dignan said.

The creature, which has been identified by the Little Rays Reptile Zoo as a garter snake, can be found in just about any environment, such as marshes, fields and forests, according to Canadian Geographic.

And, apparently, cranberry sauce.


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