The Snail in the Ginger Beer

Two weeks ago I linked to a BBC article by Clive Coleman about the case of the carbolic smoke ball. He must be doing a series on interesting legal cases, because he's back with a great article about the legal case of the snail found in ginger beer. Quick summary — In 1928 May Donoghue claimed to find a snail in her bottle of ginger beer. Her complaint eventually helped bring about modern consumer protection laws in the UK. The catch: "to this day, no-one knows for sure if there ever really was a snail in May Donoghue's bottle of ginger beer."

I should add this case to my list of Gross Things Found in Food.

Food Law/Police/Crime

Posted on Fri Nov 20, 2009

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Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Mon Nov 23, 2009  at  06:46 AM
When the ginger beer was poured into her glass, it was alleged the decomposing remains of a snail dropped out of the darkened, opaque bottle.
Posted by webcam  in  webcam  on  Tue Nov 24, 2009  at  02:20 AM
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