A strange object found in a single-serving can of Campbell's Chicken and Stars soup by a suburban Denver woman turned out to be chicken tendon or cartilage, not a chicken embryo as she previously thought, a laboratory confirmed to KMGH-TV Tuesday.
Nicole Montgomery said she found the object after opening up the can of soup and putting it in a bowl to heat up for her daughter.
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"I opened it up, and there was this spec in there. I was like, 'What is that?' I looked a little bit closer and I was like, 'Oh, that looks like a dead chicken,'" Montgomery told the TV station. "I just can't stop thinking about it. It makes me sick to my stomach to think about what was in that soup. I know things get in the manufacturing process all the time, but this is a big company that should know a little bit better."
Kimberly Meinecke, a lab technician at Industrial Labs, confirmed Tuesday that the specimen was not a chicken embryo.
"It looks to be more like a tendon or cartilage that would be used to bind the muscle to the bone," Meinecke said. "It has that kind of toughness. You would also see definition of the wings and/or feet. It's definitely not anything out of the ordinary when you're processing chicken."
Montgomery said that even though she was happy that it wasn't anything harmful, she feels Campbell's dismissed her concerns.
"The response I got yesterday from customer service was, I kind of got brushed off," Montgomery said.
A Campbell's representative told KMGH-TV in a statement that they mailed Montgomery a specimen box so they could test the soup.
"Campbell Soup Company takes all claims of product contamination very seriously," the Campbell's statement read. "Whenever we receive such a claim, it is fully investigated by our Quality Assurance team to determine its possible cause. We are in the process of evaluating the claim and have not yet received the exhibit from the consumer to conduct our investigation."
The story still drew concern on social media.
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