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CLAIM: Toddler finds DEAD RAT decomposing in his Dr. Pepper

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(NaturalNews) John Graves of Katy, Texas, claims that his grandson, Kayden, found a dead, three-inch long rat lurking inside his Dr. Pepper bottle after they purchased the soda in Galveston. Graves says his grandson drank half the bottle before he discovered the critter.

"Nothing like your grandson drinking half a Dr. Pepper only to find a dead rat floating on the bottle," Graves wrote on Facebook.

They rushed Kayden to his pediatrician to have blood and urine samples taken. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were notified as well. They are currently waiting for the test results, but Kayden appears to be happy and healthy.


The family also reached out to Dr. Pepper. In response, a spokesperson for the company told the family to send them the bottle so they could run some tests on it. However, the Graves family say they want to have their own tests done before handing the bottle over.


The owner of the Galveston store told sources that all the bottles he receives are sealed, and that anything lurking inside them must have come from the manufacturer. However, the Dr Pepper spokesperson claims that it's practically impossible for anything to get into the bottles.


In response to the incident, Dr. Pepper-Snapple released a statement that read:

"What we know from our experience is that given the controls and safeguards we have in our production facilities it is virtually impossible for any foreign object to enter any container during the bottling process. All of our containers enter our facility on pallets in our warehouse and remain covered until the moment they are placed on our high-speed filling lines. Once on the filling lines, they are inverted and rinsed out before they are filled and capped.

"We have offered to dispatch a courier to pick up the product to take it out for testing by a third-party forensics laboratory, but the consumer has declined this request. This lab would be able to analyze any rodent that got into the product, determine how it entered the container and even inspect the contents of its stomach. This process can take 6-8 weeks to yield conclusive findings. Until we have the opportunity to review the contents, we don't have a way to do a full investigation."

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