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CARTERET, N.J. -- South Philadelphia resident Earl Hartman said he bought a can of green beans in a local Pathmark and ended up making an unsavory discovery -- an inch-long head of a snake, according to published accounts.
Hartman said he didn't come across the foreign object until he was about to start eating dinner. He called the store where he bought the can and the next day received a call from Marion, N.Y.-based Seneca Foods, the manufacturer of the canned beans.
"The company said that they have an automated sorting and sometimes things like this happen," Hartman told local Philadelphia television news station WCAU TV. "I asked about the rest of the body and he told me that it was probably kicked out by the sorter, but they're not sure."
Pathmark has removed similar cans from the store's shelves as a precaution. When contacted by Progressive Grocer, the retailer''s spokesman was unavailable for comment.
He says he has no plans to sue and would send the snake head back to Seneca Foods in a container provided by the company so it can investigate, but Hartman hasn't emerged unscathed from his ordeal: "I'll never eat green beans again, I'll tell you that," he told the TV station.