Over the next two days, Karp and his wife, Danielle Fishel, posted numerous updates concerning the CTC Shrimp Saga.
Fishel joked about Karp’s discovery, saying “I usually wait for lunch to eat shrimp.”
After his first posts of the shrimp tails, Cinnamon Toast Crunch’s official Twitter account (@CTCSquares) commented that the shrimp tails appear to be “an accumulation of the cinnamon sugar that sometimes can occur when ingredients aren’t thoroughly blended.”
And further stated, “We assure you that there’s no possibility of cross contamination with shrimp.”
Following CTC’s post, Karp claimed the cereal company was trying to gaslight him. He posted additional photos of the alleged shrimp tails, saying, “Ok, [well] after further investigation with my eyes, these are cinnamon coated SHRIMP TAILS, you weirdos.”
Hours later, he tweeted another photo of cereal pieces with black markings on them, stating that he ate a bowl before noticing the mysterious “black marks.” In a followup tweet, he says they are “cooked (?) INTO the square.” He then asks for someone to tell him “they aren’t like maggots or bugs.”
One user commented that the black spots might be mouse or rat droppings and Karp replied that he called Poison Control. He later tweeted, “Good news is, if it IS rat poo - I won’t feel the flu-like effects of an infection for a few days.”
Karp posted an update that evening stating that his wife, who “has a stronger stomach,” checked the other bag from the family box of CTC and found that the bag “seems taped up (?) and also appears to include…(I don’t even want to say it)...dental floss.”
Karp posted the next day that he had spoken with a carcinologist from the Natural History Museum in LA who “would totally love to look at [his] ‘specimen’ under a microscope” and “might even be able to extract DNA to confirm its species or if it’s indeed cinnamon sugar.”
CTC once again posted in response to Karp’s situation, saying they were investigating the matter and that they could “say with confidence that this did not occur at our facility.” They go on to say that “Any consumers who notice their cereal box or bag has been tampered with, such as the clear tape that was found in this case, should contact us at 1-800-328-1144.”
Karp posted additional photos of the black pieces from the cereal he found at the bottom of the bag after some users began questioning whether he faked the photos or the situation.