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article imageLitter of rats found in baby food package, company investigates

By Yukio Strachan     Nov 14, 2012 in Odd News
When a Swedish parent opened a package of baby food for her seven-month-old daughter she found herself face to face with a litter of dead rats.
“It is so disgusting, I don’t know how it could have happened,” Linn Kvick told Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.
According to The Local, last Wednesday morning, Kvick wanted to give her 7 month old daughter, Löwa, a snack.
So she grabbed a package of Nestle fruit puree purchased the night before at a store in Degefors, western Sweden. (click here for pictures of Lowa and fruit puree)
When she opened the package, she screamed.
"She came over to me screaming, at first I didn't have a clue what the matter was," Löwa's father Henry Andersén told SVT News.
"It looked like a rotten banana peel, but when I looked closer, I saw the head and whiskers," Andersén added.
The three small rodents were wedged between the food cups and presumed to have been in the packaging for an extended period of time. (click here for picture)
Nestle's initial lukewarm response
Kvick called Nestle the same morning.
"I was disappointed by the reception," Kvick said. She felt they didn't take her seriously.
The experience has made the family wary of buying the firm's products.
"We wanted to tell you about it here to make people aware of the need to double check the food," Andersén told SVT News. "That's why we went to the media,"
Nestle: "We are doing an investigation."
Now, Nestle has launched an investigation, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday in statement.
Regarding rodents in the covering packaging material outside the fruit cups for children.
We were very concerned to receive the consumer's complaint and immediately launched an investigation through the manufacturing and storage process.
The consumer has provided the product for analysis.
We have not received any other complaints related to this product batch, but we always take such reports very seriously and investigate thoroughly. The safety and quality of our products are a non-negotiable priority for the company.
We would like to reassure consumers that all our facilities have strict food quality and safety procedures in place, including pest control and quality checks at the different stages of our manufacturing and storage process.
Marie Louise Elmgren, Corporate Communication Manager, Nestlé Sweden
In the meantime, Kvick and Andersen are haunted by the experience
"Every time I eat, I think about this," Andersen told Nerikes Allehanda.
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