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Complainant Name:
Rob Bartlett

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Express


Rob Bartlett complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had inaccurately reported that 50 US children had contracted salmonella from kissing frogs in imitation of a Disney film.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated removal of the article from the newspaper's website and publication of the following correction in the newspaper's Amplifications & Clarifications column and online:

An article of February 1, headed "50 fall ill after kissing a frog", contained several errors.

It said doctors blamed 50 salmonella cases in the US on children copying the heroine of the Disney film, The Princess And The Frog, by kissing frogs.

In fact, not all the cases were in children and only four occurred after the film's release.

Improper handling of frogs was identified as a likely cause of the outbreak, but there was no evidence that anyone had become ill from kissing frogs.

Date Published: 03/06/2010

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