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Kent Co. Couple Says They Found Gross, Mystery Substance Inside Drink Can

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MILFORD, Del. (WBOC) - When you open up a can of juice, you expect to find only juice. But a Milford family claims they found a whole lot more inside a can they opened this week.

Walt Fish says his wife put the can of V-8 Fusion to her lips and smelled something pungent coming out of it. So, they drained the liquid out of the can.

"We noticed a foreign material in the bottom of the can," Fish said. "It's gross. It made my wife sick to her stomach. She ended up, you know, vomiting from it, from the smell."

Fish put the drink - a product you can get at basically any grocery in the country - into the freezer to preserve whatever was inside.

"It kind of does look like guts, does looks like intestines," he said. "I don't know what it is. But it's something that shouldn't have been in the product to begin with."

Fish wants to know how the substance got in the can.

WBOC sent photos to Campbell's Soup Company, which makes V-8.

"Campbell's expert microbiologist took a preliminary look at the photos, and thinks it's mold," Megan Haney, a spokeswoman for the company, said. "However, we can't make a final conclusion without examining the product from the consumer."

Campbell's asked Fish to send the can to the company for testing and offered to reimburse him and send coupons. Fish says he doesn't want the reimbursement or coupons. And he doesn't want to send Campbell's his only piece of evidence.

"It's just not something I'm going to hand over to anybody right now."

After talking with Campbell's WBOC started to do some research and very quickly found recent stories from other parts of the country of people finding similar objects inside cans of V-8 Fusion.

"I took a drink out of it I spit it out because it tasted horrible," Crystal Rodriguez told KGBT-TV, a south Texas CBS affiliate, in the spring.

Rodriguez told the station she had a stomach infection after drinking a tainted can of V-8 Fusion.

Haney says mold in a product is very rare, and air getting into the can and reacting with the sugar in the juice can cause mold to start growing in the can while its in the truck, the store, the home.

But she says products leaving the Campbell's plant are safe.

"We have a strict quality control process to ensure the quality and safety of our V-8 juice," she said.

Fish says his considering taking legal action here. And no matter what's inside his can, he says there's a good warning here for everyone.

"I'd be more careful next time when you open up any type of drink and look inside first," he said.

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