Dead Mouse Found in Bread Loaf in England

England bakery ordered to pay nearly $27,000 after man finds dead mouse in loaf of bread as he makes sandwiches for his children.

England's Premier Foods production company was ordered to pay nearly $27,000 after a man found a dead mouse in a loaf of bread as he made sandwiches for his children.

Stephen Forse, of Kidlington, Oxfordshire, had already used some slices when he came across the mouse. Forse had purchased the loaf online, through a Tesco branch in Bicester in January 2009.

In July, the company admitted to having failed to maintain acceptable standards at its British Bakeries site in London.

Forse said he had already used some of the bread when he noticed "a dark-colored object embedded in the corner of three or four slices."

"Initially I thought it was where the dough had not mixed properly prior to baking," he said. "As I looked closer I saw that the object had fur on it."

A spokesman for Premier Foods said: "We apologize profusely for the distress caused as a result of this isolated incident. As soon as this complaint was made we stopped all bakery production at that site and appointed an independent specialist contractor to conduct a thorough investigation.  They confirmed this to be an isolated incident, affecting a single product.

"There was no evidence of mice within the bakery and no history of any similar issues."

Read the full story and view video at BBC.

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