This has got to rate as one of the “grossest” (is that a real word?) stories I have come across in a while . . . but strangely fascinating as well! If you don’t like that kind of thing, you probably should stop reading NOW.
Apparently, it happened back in January 2009 (how did I miss this?!), but the court case has just been concluded, so it’s in the news again. So what am I talking about? Well, as the story goes, a man making sandwiches for his children found an almost whole dead mouse (it was missing its tail) in the loaf of bread . . . Judging by the photo (and only click on the censored image if you have a strong stomach!), it landed in the bread tin before being baked. I won’t go into the details here, so if you want to know more go to the story link.
The company involved (based in London, UK) has been fined after admitting to having failed to maintain acceptable hygiene standards. Really?! When I read this I was thinking of bubonic plague and other rodent-borne (or rather flea-on-rodent borne) diseases. I shudder to think that if this is what can happen in the UK, there is a good chance it could happen here in South Africa . . .
If this had happened to me, it would put me off sandwiches for life! The worst I’ve ever found in my groceries are a snail and a worm in the lettuce (not at the same time), and weavils in flour. I’m going to be examining my groceries very carefully from now on!