A startling discovery inside a Heineken beer has left a man sick and suing the company. George Toubbeh said he noticed the beer didn’t taste right. He apparently began feeling sick with severe stomach pains and vomiting. That is when his daughter looked into the can and found two dead geckos.
A zoologist and a lab have examined the animals and found them to be juvenile leopard geckos which are not native to the United States. The animals were not decomposed so it is believed that they were somehow alive when they were trapped in the can.
Toubbeh went to the emergency room when he became “violently ill.” There he was given Xanax and Zofran which help nausea and vomiting. He sought care again two days later at an Urgent Care clinic complaining of “severe stomach pains and cramps, loss of sensation, hyperactive bowel movements, and nearly complete loss of appetite.”
The lawsuit is also claiming that the man now has “extreme anxiety” and post-traumatic stress disorder. He states he has missed weeks of work over the incident. He is suing not only Heineken, but also The Kroger Company who owns the store where he purchased the tainted beer, and an unknown beer distributor.
Heineken has released a statement denying the accusations;
“Heineken USA holds the safety and integrity of the products we import to the highest standards. We have investigated this isolated claim, and based on a number of factors, we confidently believe there is no merit to this claim.”
John Montevideo, Toubbeh’s attorney, told reporters that he only took the case after he had them tested and verified they were not a U.S. species. He stated;
We truly believe that he is credible, and we have done the independent investigation to verify what they were and their condition. We feel confident that this is a viable and a real issue.”
Neither of the other two defendants named have issued statements.
Source: Huffington Post