You might expect to find the usual combination of tuna, lettuce and boiled eggs in a Nicoise salad, and perhaps a little vinaigrette and a tomato if you’re feeling adventurous. But probably not a dead frog.
But that is exactly what an unnamed employee from the Wall Street Journal in New York unknowingly picked up with her lunch from UK-based chain Pret A Manger, on Monday.
When she went back to her office, she opened the salad box to find the tiny amphibian’s corpse lying with its eyes closed, almost camouflaged by the surrounding lettuce leaves.
A spokesperson from Pret A Manger told The Huffington Post: “We take issues like this very seriously. Our lettuce is sourced from farms that do not use any pesticides on its produce, therefore organic matter does very rarely manage to pass through our production process.
“We are currently looking into this issue to make every effort that this does not happen again."
While the salad’s owner wanted to remain anonymous, her colleague Kathryn Lurie posted evidence of the frog on Instagram.
Earlier this year, a woman in the UK suffered a similar shock when dozens of the world’s most venomous spiders scuttled out from the banana she was eating.
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s where she bought the piece of fruit said: “We're very sorry and have apologised to Mr and Mrs Taylor… We do have rigorous controls on imported products at all stages - from harvesting to transportation - which is why this is so rare.“