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Mountain Dew mouse challenged

The maker of Mountain Dew soft drinks is defending itself against claims by an Illinois man that he found a mouse in his soda can.

The man, Ronald Ball, of Downstate Madison County, says he gave the mouse to Pepsico Inc., manufacturers of Mountain Dew, in a Mason jar in 2009. Ball said he bought the soda out of a vending machine and became violently ill when he discovered the rodent.

Pepsi cited testimony of a scientist who said if the mouse had been in the soda since its bottling, its body would have dissolved into a “jelly-like substance” because of the acidity in Mountain Dew, according to a report in the Madison Record.

The expert witness, veterinarian Lawrence McGill, said if a mouse is submerged in Mountain Dew between four and seven days, the rodent “will have no calcium in its bones and bony structures.” After 30 days, “all of the mouse’s structures” will be disintegrated.

“This mouse had not been born when the can of Mountain Dew was produced,” concluded McGill.

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