PepsiCo is fighting a lawsuit from a man who claims he found a dead mouse in a can of Mountain Dew, arguing the acid in the soda would have dissolved the critter's carcass.
Ronald Ball from Madison County, Ill., says he made the disgusting discovery while drinking a can of Mountain Dew in November 2009.
Pepsi countered with expert testimony from a veterinary pathologist who testified the mouse could not have possibly been in the can when it was sealed and shipped in April 2008, because the acid would have disintegrated its body, turning it into a "jelly-like" substance, according to Legal Newsline.
The case has been ongoing since 2009, quietly going back and forth as Pepsi moves to dismiss it and Ball files amended complaints.
Ball, who is seeking $50,000 in damages, said he was sipping his drink when he noticed a foul taste. He said he poured the remainder of the drink into a Styrofoam cup and that's when he found the rodent.
He alleges he returned the mouse to PepsiCo, which promptly destroyed it.
In the case's latest development, a judge gave Pepsi until Jan. 11 to answer or plead to Ball's second amended complaint, reports the Madison Record.