Finding rats in your mass-produced food-and-drink items is all the rage these days. Last week, a California man claimed to have eaten deep-fried rat from KFC.

This week, a North Texas man is suing MillerCoors and 7-Eleven after claiming he drunk beer in 2013 with “a dead rat marinating in it.” In 2013, Marco Antonio Navarro claims that he bought a 24-ounce can of Steel Reserve at a 7-Eleven store on Highway 356, reports NBCDFW. When he got home, he cracked it open and took a long sip. According to the lawsuit, he soon observed a “tingle on his lips and noticed the liquid was not flowing out properly.”

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That’s when Navarro’s sister grabbed her camera phone and used it to take a photo of what was inside the can. The photo—which isn’t in the court document, and which we’d imagine will be introduced as evidence when this case is heard in court—revealed that the beer had a “dead rat marinating in it.”

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The lawsuit goes on to say that Navarro “immediately vomited, then continued to suffer from abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, and back pain, amongst other pain and injuries.” His medical treatment costs exceeded $49,000, and Navarro soon found himself having trouble eating, drinking, or maintaining personal relationships due to this trauma.

Navarro sought the help of a therapist for these problems, and now he’s seeking the help of the court to help pay for it all. To cover both associated medical costs and damages related to present and future pain, mental anguish, and earning capacity, he’s seeking an amount up to (but not exceeding) $300,000.

NBCDFW obtained the following statement from MillerCoors regarding this matter:

“Our brands are produced under incredibly strict standards, and there is nothing more important than the quality of our products and safety of our legal drinking-age consumers.  While we take all customer claims seriously, we do not believe there is any merit to the lawsuit.”


We’ve never seen the inside of Steel Reserve’s brewery or canning line, but we’ve seen other breweries and canning lines, and have observed the process. So we have to wonder how something the size of a dead rat could possibly have gotten through the lines used to pump product.

Or maybe rat beer is Steel Reserve’s latest passion project, and MillerCoors is trying to one up the brewery that made a beer with smoked whale testicles?

[via NBCDFW]