Amber Worrick of Southfield bought the Earthbound Farm spinach package earlier this week from a local Meijer store. When she got home, her daughter found a live frog in the container and screamed in disbelief.

“It was alive and moving,” Worrick exclaimed. “Just thank God I didn’t eat the frog.”

Worrick immediately returned the package and the frog to the store. Workers there released the frog and gave her a refund. The TV station’s video showed the frog in a sealed container, confirming the unusual find.

The Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development is investigating the incident. Jennifer Holton, a spokesperson for the department, said that the frog should not have been released into the wild because it is not known whether it is native to Michigan.

“This is a serious food safety issue,” Holton said. “We are working with the store and the spinach grower to determine how this frog got into the package.”

Meijer officials said that they are also investigating the incident. They said that the frog was “likely an isolated incident” and that they have a “strict food safety protocol” in place.

Taylor Farms, which owns Earthbound Farm, apologized for the incident. The company said that they are “committed to providing safe and high-quality products” and that they are “taking this matter very seriously.”

The incident has raised concerns about food safety and quality control. It is important for consumers to be aware of the risks of foodborne illness and to take steps to protect themselves, such as washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them.