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​Lidl Claims ‘Dead Mouse’ Found In Man’s Packet Of Rice Was Actually Mould

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​Lidl Claims ‘Dead Mouse’ Found In Man’s Packet Of Rice Was Actually Mould

Every now and again we get a bit of a surprise when we open up a packet of food - but usually this means a rogue slug in our lettuce or a Kit Kat finger that's all chocolate.

But one man got quite the shock when he opened up his pouch of microwaveable rice to find something that he throught was a dead mouse.

Tweeting Lidl, where he had bought the product, shopper Richard Leech wrote:

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According to the Lidl website, the Golden Sun Microwaveable Pilau Rice pouch costs 45p.

A Lidl employee soon tweeted Leech back to say that they would look into what had happened for him. However, the supermarket has since revealed that the concerning stuff inside the packet wasn't a mouse, but actually a cluster of mould. Obviously not great, either, but maybe better than a dead rodent? Hard to say.

In a statement provided to LADbible, following investigation by the product's supplier, Lidl said: "It is never our intention for a customer to be dissatisfied in any way, and we were extremely sorry to see that this particular product did not meet the high standards that both we and our customers expect.

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"Following contact with the customer, the matter was immediately escalated to our quality assurance team who, through their initial investigation with the supplier, were able to identify the foreign substance as mould. Whilst very rare, this can occur as a result of an extremely small hole in the pack.

"We only ever work with reputable accredited suppliers who have extensive controls and procedures in place to verify the quality of products. We are, therefore, very disappointed that our expected high standards were not met on this occasion, and are in ongoing contact with the customer on the matter."

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But while Lidl has been trying to get to the bottom of what had happened, Twitter users took the opportunity to create some mouse-based wordplay, with one writing: "They spelt pilau mice wrong."

Another coined the hashtag #StuartLidl.

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Someone else said: "At least it was only a Lidl mouse it could've been a big mouse."

And a fourth dipped into the thread to say that they were 'taking the Mickey'.

Now, now Twitter... Play mice.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/PA

Topics: Food, News, UK

Jess Hardiman
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