Woman finds snake head in can of green beans

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah woman claims she found the decapitated head of a snake in a can of green beans while preparing dinner for a church function.

"It looked pretty much like a burnt bean," Troy Walker told KSL. "And then as I got closer to lift it off the spoon, I saw eyes. … That's when I just dropped it and screamed."

Walker told the station that she returned the empty can of Western Family green beans to the grocery store where she bought it, leaving the snake head there as well.

"My biggest concern (was) that someone else would get the body," Walker told KSL.

Employees at the grocery store apologized and gave Walker a full refund on the 30 cans she had purchased.

Walker said she sent a photo of the snake head to the company, which has since begun an investigation.

"It's a report of a foreign material in a can of green beans. (That's) what we know," Pete Craven, Western Family chief financial officer, told the station.

The green bean supplier has also been notified.

"At this point, the product is on hold at the wholesale level. As soon as we know something like this, we stop all shipments until we know what's going on with the foreign material," Craven explained.

The company is working to determine where Walker's can of beans came from so it can trace where other cans from that lot ended up.

Once the cans are located, they will be pulled from the shelves, according to Sharon McFadden, Western Family vice president of quality control.

As for Walker, she said she is trying to keep a good sense of humor about the incident.

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