“It was unreal,” said his wife who became suspicious of the can when she couldn’t shake out the thing inside.
“It’s big enough that it wouldn’t come out.”
Pepsi officials said Wednesday that they traced the can back to the manufacturing plant in Orlando and didn’t find anything amiss with the company’s quality controls and soda sampling.
“It is virtually impossible for this type of thing to happen in a production environment,” said Pepsi spokesman Jeff Dahncke, “We run about 1,250 cans per minute on these production lines. Their speed, along with the rigorous quality control systems we have in place throughout our manufacturing process, give us great confidence in the quality and safety of our products.”
The 55-year-old man had pulled out the can of soda to enjoy with his dinner at the couple’s outdoor tiki bar. He took the first sip and had an awful reaction to it, she said.
“I can’t describe his face but if you think about what he just drank, you can imagine,” she said. “He said, ‘This doesn’t taste right. I don’t know. It’s disgusting.’ “
They poured out the soda and a “pink slimy thing” was the first piece to come out of the can. They peered inside and saw what they believe was a mouse, or what was left of it.