Woman finds sliced mouse in bag of frozen peppers

According to Metro (UK)  Andrea Smith has been put off peppers for life after finding a field mouse while making dinner:

‘My partner poured the peppers into a pan and was startled to find a clump of mouse fur and intestines falling out of the bag,’ said the 37-year-old.


‘After leaving it to defrost you could see the slice marks – it looked as if it had passed through a shredder with the peppers. The sight and thought of it made me feel sick. Mice carry all sorts of germs and there is no telling what my family could have caught.’

Miss Smith, a mother of one, bought the bag from her local Morrisons supermarket in Gosport, Hampshire.

A manager was sent round to collect the corpse and carried out an investigation. Tests revealed it was a field mouse.

Bosses described the incident as a one-off and wrote a letter of apology to Miss Smith, in which they offered her a bottle of wine and vouchers to spend in store.

‘I think the memory is going to stay with me for a long time,’ said Miss Smith.

A Morrisons spokesman thanked her for ‘bringing this to our attention’.

‘We take the quality and the safety of all the products that we sell very seriously indeed,’ the spokesman added.

‘We would like to reassure her and our customers that this is an isolated incident.’

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.