An actress residing in Shoreditch is the second Londoner in a week to find a frog in her supposedly pre-washed spinach.
Sarah Moss, 26, was in quite for a shock when she bought a bag of pre-washed spinach that she had bought from the Tesco supermarket chain. She and her friend sat down to have a salad. The actress says that, after five minutes, her fork pierced the frog. The frog's body was undamaged, but it was clearly deceased, she says, as its tongue was hanging out of its mouth. The vegetarian and self-proclaimed animal lover was so distressed by the experience that she vomited several times afterward.
Moss complained to the store but, because she had not saved the frog, she only received an apology. A subsequent complaint netted her a £10 gift card.
Last week, Olly Goldenberg, an author and father of five who lives in the London suburb of Northolt, received a similar shock when he found a frog in his own bag of pre-washed spinach. He was refunded the money but criticized Tesco for refusing further compensation until they completed a further investigation. He says that his pregnant wife, who is also breastfeeding, had become sick after the discovery of the spinach. "This is not about money," Goldenberg said. "There is something wrong here and this is below the standards you would expect."
"We set ourselves very high standards for the safety of our food and for customer service, and we're really sorry that they weren't met on this occasion," a Tesco spokeswoman said in a statement. "We have [apologized] to our customer, and we are urgently investigating how this happened with our supplier."
Tesco is a UK-based food retailer. The company also is the UK's largest supermarket bank and conducts consumer research. They have operations in 14 countries, including China, India, Slovakia, and Turkey. Tesco's wing in the United States is called Fresh & Easy, which is primarily located in California, Arizona, and Nevada.