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Ugh! A mouse head in her can of juice?

I got a call the other day from a local woman who claimed to have opened a can of vegetable juice last week and, after taking one sip to take her vitamin, spat the juice out because it tasted so terrible. She looked into the can, she said, and found a bunch of black gunk. Using a toothpick, she carefully picked out what she said looked exactly like the head of a little mouse.

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Gak!

The woman has what she thinks are the body parts of a mouse in a baggie in her freezer and is awaiting lab work by the Virginia Department of Agriculture. I'm on the case. I told her I'd like to be there at the lab when they try to figure out what the black gunk is.

Still, I'm skeptical. I thought these kinds of stories of dead rats in Coke bottles and cockroaches in cracker boxes were more urban legend than fact. (Though none of us, I suppose, should be surprised that our food ain't 100 percent pure after people have become deathly ill or died in the recent past from eating raw cookie dough, hamburger, spinach or peanut butter...)

In fact, the folks at Snopes.com, the nation's best and most diligent resource for checking the validity of urban folklore, have a veritable catalog of claims of batter-fried rodents and other such grotesqueries (including the always popular deep-fried chicken head found in a box of chicken wings at McDonalds)

So, I want to know - have you ever found something gross in your food that shouldn't have been there? E-mail me Or send me a Tweet or message on Facebook and help me build this story.

And for a real gross out, check out this page I found in my initial Google foray: How Many Insect Parts and Rodent Hairs are Allowed in Your Food? More Than You Think ... and Maybe Than You Want to Know!

By Brigid Schulte  | January 20, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
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