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UPDATE: Mold Boyardee: Chef Boyardee Can Had Mold, Not Rat, Con Agra Says

Chef Boyardee Spaghetti Meatballs Dead Rodent Rat

First Posted: 06/19/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:10 PM ET

UPDATE, April 21, 5:21pm EST:

Posting in the comments section to this story, below, Con Agra spokesperson Stephanie Moritz writes:

As a spokesperson for ConAgra Foods, I want to share that after inspection, we can assure with certainty that the substance in the can is not any type of animal, but mold, likely from damage to the can in shipping. Regardless, it's not acceptable for a consumer to receive a product in that condition. We are working with her, and we are investigating the cause of the mold.

Scripps confirms, today, with a statement from another spokesperson at ConAgra, Dave Jackson:

"It's not an animal of any kind, that it is most likely mold. We will confirm this with a series of tests we'll be doing over the next two days."


"Sometimes a very small piece of damage to a can that would be very difficult for a customer to see, but we have the ability to test and determine, could lead to something like this. We do believe this is an isolated incident. It is not acceptable for a consumer to receive a product in this condition."

So we can close the file on that one.

Original story, below:

(Scroll down for home video of the allegedly tainted Chef Boyardee Spaghetti & Meatballs can. UPDATE: Video has been removed from YouTube.)

An Ohio women who opened a can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs for her daughter claims to have found not spaghetti and meatballs:

"I opened it up and my face was very close to it and immediately you could tell there was a dead rodent on top, in fact you couldn't even see the spaghetti and meatballs at all," said Jennifer Aker.

Jennifer contacted ConAgra, the manufacturer of the product, who asked for a photo of the tainted goods. Instead, Aker's nephew shot a video of the can and its contents and put it on YouTube. The video is below.

ConAgra, who is reportedly sending a courier to retrieve the product to conduct tests on it, has asked Aker to freeze the contents of the can in the meantime.

Con Agra has released the following statement in response to the potential time bomb of a dead rodent in its canned food:

"We take all consumer inquires seriously, and when a consumer has a bad experience, we work with them to determine the source of the problem and correct it. We also work with them to make up for their experience as best as we are able."

Said Jennifer Aker:

"I'm not looking for money, I'm just looking to let people be aware of this. It's just really gross."

Here's the video of the can its contents, shot by Jennifer's nephew Daniel:

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Filed by Colin Sterling  |