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Viral Twitter Thread Reminds Parents: Check Packaged Foods Before Eating

One dad's horrifying Cinnamon Toast Crunch discovery is reminding parents to look at the packaged food they give their kids.

Usually, when you find something unexpected in a cereal box, it’s a toy from an upcoming kid’s movie or maybe a secret decoder ring (if you’re really lucky). But one dad was horrified to discover that his box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch contained what looked suspiciously like shrimp tails. No, that’s not a euphemism or nickname. He literally found what shrimp tails (and it looks like a lot more) in his box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Writer Jensen Karp shared a photo of the shrimp-infested cereal on Twitter, reasonably asking the cereal’s official account for an explanation. Cinnamon Toast Crunch’s account initially offered to get him a new box (a bit underwhelming but at least a nice gesture) before pivoting and trying to argue that Karp was not, in fact, looking at shrimp tails.

Instead, the account suggested that it was “an accumulation of the cinnamon sugar that sometimes can occur when ingredients aren’t thoroughly blended.” To which many responded that they had never seen sugar look like that.

Eventually, the CMT account asked for Karp to send them the shrimp tails for “a closer look” but, by now, he had grown suspicious of their motives and so he made sure to hold onto one as proof of what he found. As if this entire thing could not get any more disgusting, Karp then went through the rest of the bag and found that several pieces of cereal had black markings that he said might be “maggots or bugs.” He also found a piece of string.

It turns out, maggots or bugs would have been better than the alternative, as a self-identified “retired restaurateur and food service consultant” told him that the black markings were likely “rat or mouse droppings.”

“Guaranteed they made a home in a bag of flour or other raw ingredient and all of the shrimp, string and everything else is their scavenged items,” the user wrote.

Karp’s most recent update revealed that he was miraculously feeling “fine” (sadly, he discovered all of this after eating a bowl). He was going to get “the black stuff” tested and had not received “nothing new” from General Mills since they asked him to send them the shrimp tails.

Hopefully, none of us ever have to experience what Karp and his family have gone through but if you do have some packaged snacks lying around, you may want to give it a second glance for anything that might look not like, well, what you’re trying to eat.