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He got out his camera, then contacted the Food and Drug Administration office in Detroit, sending them full details and pictures of the defrosted frog perched amid a heap of diced veggies. The FDA seemed concerned and promised an investigation, but a week passed and Tim heard nothing from them. So, being a detail-oriented sort of person, and being truly concerned that the same thing might happen to someone else, he contacted a reporter from the local newspaper, the Lansing State Journal.
As reported by the Today show on its website, the newspaperman, John Schneider, contacted the Meijer grocery chain where the bag of store-brand vegetables had been purchased. Within an hour, the chain issued an apology to Tim and inspected all the product that remained in their store, and found no more amphibians -- frogs or otherwise. More distressingly, the store reported that they'd never been contacted by the FDA, suggesting that the Detroit office had just laughed the incident off. Contacted by the Today show, the FDA refused to comment on an investigation they said was ongoing.
The Hoffmans have recovered and are going about their lives as usual. Nevertheless, Tim notes, "We'll never open another bag of anything without looking at it first."