OC man finds 2 dead geckos in Heineken beer: lawsuit

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

The episode began on August 7, 2015, when Toubbeh bought a 24-ounce can of the Dutch beer from a Ralphs supermarket in Fountain Valley, Calif.

The lawsuit claims George Toubbeh, 49, of Fountain Valley, experienced abdominal pain and vomiting in August 2015 after he started drinking from a 24-ounce can of Heineken he purchased from his local Ralphs store.

The lawsuit, filed last week, claims Toubbeh continues to suffer from severe gastrointestinal ailments, emotional distress, anxiety, and trauma.

Per the suit, Toubbeh picked up on a "foul taste" in his brew; soon after sipping it, he fell victim to "severe abdominal pain followed by vomiting".

Toubbeh's daughter then examined the contents of the beer can and found two geckos.

The geckos were found at the bottom of the 24-ounce beer can.


Toubbeh was violently ill and had to visit the emergency room, the suit claims, experiencing "severe stomach pains and cramps, loss of sensation, hyperactive bowel movements, and almost complete loss of appetite" in the days following the incident.

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The Ralphs chain is owned by Ohio-based Kroger.

Heineken USA, the stateside subsidiary of the beer giant, didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Montevideo said he had a zoologist and a laboratory team examine the can and its contents.

The company said it holds the safety and integrity of the products it imports to the highest standards. "We are now investigating this isolated claim and based on a number of factors we confidently believe there is no merit to this claim".

Even though Heineken doubts the credibility of the claim, Toubbeh's lawyer is confident after his office did an independent investigation, according to ABC.

According to the lawsuit, lab reports identified the lizards as juvenile leopard geckos.

He added: 'We feel the action is meritorious and viable'.

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