Diet Pepsi With a Twist — a Dead Rodent

A Florida man claims to have found a dead rat in his soft drink can

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Diet Pepsi tastes just like regular Pepsi – if it had a rat inside it.

That’s the claim of one Central Florida man, who says he drank a Diet Pepsi to quench his thirst earlier this month only to find what he thought was the remains of a possible rodent.

The Food and Drug Administration is testing the Diet Pepsi can to see if the drink was spiked with a hint of rodent after-taste.

Fred Denegri of Ormond Beach said he took a few sips from the can on July 23, only later to discover what was inside. He said the rodent was big enough that it wouldn't come out of the can. How the animal got in the can is anyone’s guess.

Pepsi officials said Wednesday they traced the can back to the manufacturing plant in Orlando and didn't find anything wrong with the company's quality controls and soda sampling. Spokesman Jeff Dahncke says it's unlikely that something like this could happen during production.

Denegri called poison control after the discovery, but he didn't become sick. But the 55-year-old is loyal if nothing else, saying he plans to keep drinking Pepsi.

That’s the spirit of a new generation.
 

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