SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A South Bend man got more than just soda in his can of Pepsi Sunday afternoon – he says he found a piece of skin with hair floating in his pop.
Joseph Hidey says he not only found what appears to be skin in his freshly opened can, but may have swallowed some of it as well.
“I cracked this one open and swallowed a chunk of something,” Hidey explained. “We opened the can up and found another piece of what looks like skin with hair attached.”
He says the can was part of a 24-pack he bought at the Walmart on Ireland Road earlier this week. He called the Walmart location as soon as he found the item in his drink and they directed him to the Pepsi support line.
“I filed a lengthy report and they said somebody would be out the next day to check it out,” he said.
A representative from an independent lab company called Stericycle picked up the specimen Monday night.
"They sent a representative here to pick up a sample as well as the can and two other cans that were left," said Hidey's attorney, Pete Agostino. "And, those were going to be sent to a lab for investigation, and determination and analysis."
It could take several weeks for test results to come back. Hidey also kept a small portion of the specimen to have tested himself.
A PepsiCo representative delivered the following statement to NewsCenter16:
“The safety and integrity of our products is our highest priority. We have reached out to Mr. Hidey directly about his claim, which came into our after-hours call center on Sunday, and will thoroughly investigate this matter.”
Hidey says he just wants to know what he swallowed and if it poses a health risk.
"I want to know what's in it because I want to know what I ingested -- if it's human or if it's an animal," he said.