An unlucky peanut fan who found a rat carcass at the bottom of his lunchtime snack tin says he'll never eat canned food again.
North Carolina business owner John Rogers, 52, spotted a dark shape at the bottom of his can of Peanut Patch: Original Boiled Peanuts and soon realised it had eyes and a mouth.
John said: "As I kept eating and getting closer to the bottom of the can, I began to smell and taste something different.
"The odour had a raw flesh smell that reminded me of the innards of a deer when it is being field dressed.
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"This smell got stronger as I got closer to the bottom of the can, so I picked up the can and started looking inside."
John started shaking the can to check out what he thought was a bad peanut – but he had no idea.
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Traumatised Rogers said: "I reached for it and saw it was not a rotten peanut. I saw that it had eyes and teeth. I quickly realized it was as a rat.
"I did not know what to do. I felt very nauseous and shocked. I told some co-workers who were also completely grossed out."
John swiftly called can maker McCall Farms to complain, but they read from a script and gave him an email address to send the pics to.
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When he did email the traumatic images over, John says he was disappointed to be offered only $50 (£36) by way of an apology.
He said: "I was very set back and insulted with such a slap in the face. I declined the offer."
Worse still, the scarring event took a mental and physical toll on John, who needed emergency care and suffered horrible nightmares after the shocking find.
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He explained: "While sleeping I had a flashback of eating peanuts and beans.
"Next thing I knew, I was waking up gasping for air. I had a burning sensation in my lungs and chest. All I could taste was vomit in my mouth.
"I panicked, it lasted so long, my girlfriend called the ambulance thinking I was having a heart attack."
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Paramedics checked out John, who refused to be taken to the hospital. Soon enough he was feeling better.
John said: "My children were very scared because my face was bright red and I was struggling to breathe, thinking I was going to die or something."
Yet even a year later he is still facing the consequences of the sickening incident.
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Rogers added: "I am having flashbacks of that can and that rotten rat daily.
"I will not eat anything from cans anymore.
"It was so disgusting. I know this is a mental scar and struggle that I am going to suffer for the rest of my life."
McCall Farms have yet to respond to requests for comment.
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