Frog in salad: But it’s natural! It’s organic!

That means it’s all good, right? This is what happens when you don’t use pesticides. You get pests. But, perhaps the food preparation staff should be a bit more diligent.

Woman Finds Frog In Pret A Manger Salad: Gothamist.

There’s a new protein on offer at Pret A Manger but it’s only available as a surprise extra! Meet Little Hoppy, the mournful-looking frog that made a guest appearance in the salad of a Wall Street Journal employee this afternoon at the Sixth Avenue/47th Street location of the chain. Digital Features Editor Kathryn Lurie Tweeted a photo of the little guy nestled amongst some Mesclun leaves in what appears to be an Albacore Tuna Nicoise Salad. Frogs in the salad—how French!

Pret A Manger says their lettuce is sourced from farms that do not use any pesticides “therefore organic matter does very rarely manage to pass through our production process.”

Pictures at link above. I didn’t want to ruin anyone’s lunch.

  5 comments for “Frog in salad: But it’s natural! It’s organic!

  1. Angela
    December 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    See, this was one of the times when I should have listened to that inner voice that said “don’t click on the link with the picture”. How very yuck. We’ve got snakes in the green beans and now frogs in the salad. I think I’ll grow my own veggies and check them at home.

  2. Chris Howard
    December 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Not surprised.

    When the restaurant I worked at used “organic” field greens the instances of insects in the greens went up, as well.

    Having said that, it’s important to realize that fruits and vegetables that have been treated with pesticides do, also, get their share of pests packaged along with them. It’s just more prevalent in non-treated produce.

    With so many chefs, and customers, of the ignorant opinion that “organic” and “natural” actually mean anything of significance– other than marketing terms that allow a restaurant to charge more– we’ll be seeing more of this.

  3. cplamb
    December 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    “therefore organic matter does very rarely manage to pass through our production process.”

    Huh? Are their salads all made of metal?

  4. December 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I’d much rather find a live frog than a dead one in my salad. I like frogs, so after the initial surprise, I’d probably have been laughing!

    I’d be more leery of a salad that didn’t contain any “organic matter!”

    I wonder, tho, which is better – accidental contaminants that you can see? Or ones you can’t see, as in ground up in commercial ketchup, soups, etc? Anyone who has ever worked on a food assembly line knows that a small amount of insects, small animals, dirt, and so on gets into commercially prepared food. In spite of that, I still do eat some commercially prepared foods.

  5. December 31, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Whizzo is now making salads?

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