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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Woman finds live frog in airline food

Complain all you want about airline food — you've got nothing on the New Zealand woman who was accidentally served a live frog on her Qantas flight between Australia and New Zealand. The woman removed the lid from the salad served with her airline meal, and found a whistling tree frog sitting on a cucumber slice, reports The New Zealand Herald.

The passenger replaced the lid to trap the amphibian, and notified the flight crew. "There was a bit of consternation by the passenger who called back the attendant," Fergus Small of New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture tells the BBC. The crew contacted Australia's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Quarantine Service, which was waiting for the flight when it arrived in Melbourne. Saying the frog "could carry parasites or other diseases that posed a danger to native frogs or even other species," the ministry removed the frog from the plane and "euthanized" it by putting it in a freezer.

Since the incident in February, Qantas says it has changed its lettuce supplier and adopted "additional procedures into the salad supply process." Tree frogs are common in the area where the lettuce was grown, officials told The Herald.
.: USA TODAY/AP Posted at 6:35 a.m. ET

and you thought a bug in your salad was bad!


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