Iowa Family Finds Snake Head in Can of Beans

An Iowa family filed a lawsuit seeking damages over a snake head they claim to have found in a can of green beans.

Amy and Michael Schneider and their four children are suing Lakeside Foods of Manitowoc, Wis., and Supervalue Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn.

Supervalue is the parent company of the Cub Foods store where the can of green beans was bought in Iowa City.

Amy Schneider said she found the head when she opened the can of green beans on March 24, 2006. It was about the size of a golf ball, she said.

"It was ... yuck, it was really yuck," she said. "It was gross."

She said Lakeside Foods offered her some coupons when she complained.

"And of course it was for their brand, and I thought, `I'm never going to buy that product again,"' she said. "I won't ever eat a green bean again, probably."

The entire family experienced mental anguish, according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Johnson County District Court.

Telephone messages left Friday for officials from both companies were not immediately returned.