Live rat found in loaf

2011-08-04 11:01

Brisbane - An Australian woman said on Thursday she was horrified after finding a live rat nestled inside a loaf of bread she bought at a supermarket.

The woman, who had been shopping in Aitkenvale, in Queensland's tropical north, noticed there were holes in the sliced bread as she was packing her bags into the car.

"I said to my friend, 'this bread's got a hole in it, it looks like a rat's eaten into it'," the woman, who asked not to be identified, told the Australian Associated Press.

When she lifted the bag out she found a live rodent had chewed through the packaging and was lurking inside.

"The thought of a live rat in my loaf of bread and so close to me was pretty gruesome," she said.

"I didn't want to vomit, I just wanted to throw it away, I got all squeamish."

Store 'concerned'

Pictures in the Townsville Bulletin newspaper showed the rat inside the loaf's plastic packaging.

The woman took the bread back to the supermarket after the discovery on Sunday but they were reluctant to take responsibility, she told the newspaper.

"It came from their shop but they are saying it was in the bread before it was delivered to the shop," she said.

A spokesperson for Coles supermarkets said the incident was "obviously concerning" but isolated and the company would investigate.

Townsville City Council Environmental Health executive manager Gavin Hammond confirmed a complaint had been received.

"While it's virtually impossible to ascertain where the rodent came from, the council takes public health very seriously and has carried out an inspection of the supermarket and the bakery," he told the Bulletin.

"We are satisfied that they have complied with all health requirements."

  • Jakob - 2011-08-04 11:06

    yum! my favorite! RATLOAF

      Ginie Chester - 2011-08-04 11:24


      JohannV - 2011-08-04 11:57

      It's a friggin mouse, not a rat. City folk...

      morentebo - 2011-08-04 12:27

      was the bread covered when she bought it? because the plastic must have had a hole too, and that means she didn't choose a fresh bread

      StalkSweet - 2011-08-04 12:31

      JohannV, it's a rat not mouse [read the original article before you attack]

      McDaNife - 2011-08-04 12:32

      Sorry chef theres a rat in my bread.

      JohannV - 2011-08-04 12:44

      StalkSweet - I DID read the original article: "But a spokesman for Goodman Fielder, which own Helga's Bread, said an investigation had shown it was a mouse, not a rat, that had chewed a small hole in the bag of bread." City folk don't read too well, either...

      Johnny - 2011-08-04 12:46

      @StalkSweet, Follow the link . . .

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-04 13:55

      NOw with added Protien!

      Liberty - 2011-08-04 14:01

      Squirt some curry sauce in there and presto, a curry bunny!

      marguerite - 2011-08-04 15:23

      Thats not too bad, it could have been a sheep..!!!

      marguerite - 2011-08-04 15:26

      They actually say rat tastes like chicken.. haven't tried.. anyone??

      NuttyZA - 2011-08-04 15:30

      @marguerite... how do you know you haven't tried it... when was the last time you had Chicken Chow Mein from your local Chinese Take Away ;-)

      JohannV - 2011-08-04 15:36

      Marguerite - beef, pork, lamb and fish have their own taste. Everything else does taste like chicken! :-)

      Tony - 2011-08-04 17:26

      Or rat-a-tooie!

      willem.p.grobbelaar - 2011-08-04 18:52


      NZdreamer - 2011-08-05 04:52

      This should have happened to me!!! I would have been able to go on my long overdue diet quicker!!

  • Goose - 2011-08-04 11:13

    Looks like Johannesburg is not the only place with a rat problem! lol

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-08-04 11:14

    what a ratty situation..

  • Met - 2011-08-04 11:16

    That SA would regard this newsworthy. This is something that occurs in SA daily, yet it is never reported

      jowza - 2011-08-04 11:19

      does it now

      ExRecce - 2011-08-04 11:22

      It can happen to anyone. So glad it happened to the holier than thou Aussies!!!!

      Cire - 2011-08-04 11:33

      @Ex-Recce. What a supremely silly comment! Knock you back for immigration, did they?

      jowza - 2011-08-04 11:34

      cire.tell us why you defending the aussies on this

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 11:38

      Get treatment for your bossies, ex-recce.

      Wayne - 2011-08-04 12:03

      This could've happened anywhere in the world, trust me after being a waiter you would look at restaurants and bakeries differently.

      Liberty - 2011-08-04 14:03

      I think Ex Recce is still upset about the hiding the Bokke received over there

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-04 15:18

      @ Liberty - to be fair, it was only the Bokke B-team. You dirty rat ;-) lol

      Inki - 2011-08-05 08:29


  • lance ANCY - 2011-08-04 11:20

    Ratty chow.....not a bunny chow!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-04 12:01

      a slice of mice...

  • Normaldude - 2011-08-04 11:45

    There's a Rat in my Bread , What I'm goina do X 2 I'm goina fix that rat , thats what i'm goina do

      JustMe - 2011-08-05 09:45

      ey ye oh ho ey ye oh ho *singing along*

  • Juliaas - 2011-08-04 12:00

    Bunny Chow with a rat flavour. Delicious.

  • lollie sue - 2011-08-04 12:20

    rat cheese n tomato toast

  • mskittylicious - 2011-08-04 12:25

    I found a live mouse in the cheese display at a supermarket here in SA...the second I contacted their Head Office they had someone knocking on my door. They were embarrassed, shocked and extremely apologetic. They do what they can to avoid these situations, but it isn't always possible. I was compensated, they removed all the cheese from the display and cleaned up and I set the mouse free in the garden (not as nice as cheese heaven mind you.)

      mskittylicious - 2011-08-04 12:26

      Happy ending for all.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-04 13:33

      Always heard of stories abotu finding something in my food, but luckily never encountered it. Having said that, go down to your local Shoprite and see what's running around... have heard nasty stories about the one in Primrose involving cockroaches and spiders...

      Liberty - 2011-08-04 14:08

      A while ago I had it out with the lady at the bread counter for handling bread rolls without wearing a glove and she looked at me as if I am mad. No appology no f-all. We still have a loooong way to go in SA.

      Flee - 2011-08-04 14:57

      HHmm and if you buy sweet and sour from a certain tong lok (edenvale) you get free deep fried battered cockroaches... HHmm Nummies, and they didnt even batt an eyelid.. Must be on the menu then

      darkwing - 2011-08-04 15:09

      My dad once ate a piece of boerewors. He got to a very tough 'sinewy' part and when he spit it out it was in fact a plaster. Without the finger, thank God.

      Umfubi - 2011-08-04 16:44

      @Flee: it's illegal to batter cockroaches - I hope you called the SPCA.

      Flee - 2011-08-04 16:53

      Umfubi... LOL, I was going to when I finally finished gargling the domestos, but i was too traumatised,... LOL...

      grant9 - 2011-08-04 17:47

      @Liberty. A few weeks ago I was at the deli at the CO-op in Scotland waiting for an assistant. She rushed in (must have been having a smoke). She pushed her long greasy hair into her hat with bare hands and then picked up and cut the cheese I wanted. I have not eaten any of the cheese even though it cost me more than R200/kg.

      fragtion - 2011-08-04 19:49

      happy ending indeed, l0l xD

      Grazy - 2011-08-04 20:06

      MatT:-) They probably whent green, so they import the spiders to control the cockroathes, ...nice and ecologicaly frendly move I'd say, thumbs up to the geenies!!!!!

  • StalkSweet - 2011-08-04 12:29

    Give that rat a Bell's

  • theratlady - 2011-08-04 12:47

    Bread isnt good for rats, literally. But they totally love it!

  • Candidapax - 2011-08-04 12:54

    If the rat was found in a loaf in South Africa, Matt, Daaivark and Verbatim would have made a huge bruhaha about Africa and dropping standards! It make you think, doesn't it?

      JohannV - 2011-08-04 12:58

      I don't see Matt's name anywhere....

      jowza - 2011-08-04 13:07

      how did that rat pass aussie immigration

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-04 13:30

      @ JohannV - thanks :-) @ Candidapax - huh? You do know I'm an expat who came to SA by choice?! @ Jowza - LOL

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-08-04 13:04

    Thank goodness she didn't buy a raisin loaf.

      Fedup - 2011-08-04 13:31

      Very funny LOL

      Flee - 2011-08-04 15:06

      ROTF, Really fell off my chair, LMAO...

      TerraFic - 2011-08-04 15:45

      Haha Pixie, good one! Do you think if she found it in a TEX chocolate bar it would be called Rattex??

  • Fredster69 - 2011-08-04 13:12

    Could she not felt the weight when she picked it up?

      lollie sue - 2011-08-04 13:39

      was it sliced bread?

      brown_bread - 2011-08-04 14:24

      She felt it, thats why she couldnt wait :)

  • onthefence - 2011-08-04 13:15

    Butterflied and cooked with a bit of Mrs would never know it was an Ausie rat....all the bitterness would be gone

      AJ - 2011-08-04 15:10

      Then we'd just be left with our own overwhelming bitterness, right?

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 15:14

      Yip AJ, and what would be new to that, eh? lol

      Greybeard - 2011-08-04 16:32

      Any Terry Pratchett fans out there? Pass the Ketchup...

      onthefence - 2011-08-05 09:28

      @AJ - just your bitterness...of which most of us have had enogh

  • Jonathan - 2011-08-04 13:30

    I smell a rat...

  • Matt :-) - 2011-08-04 13:31

    For once a rat was found in something that wasn't sold by McDonalds...

      sponkie - 2011-08-04 15:49

      i'd rather eat a rat than McDonals

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-04 15:59

      @ sponkie - then it's your lucky day, go down to JHB taxi rank and speak to the guys braai'ing on the streets

  • Matt :-) - 2011-08-04 13:34

    Waiter, there's a rat in my bread! Sounds like a cue for a Tommy Cooperism :-)

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-04 13:38

    LOL! She got more than she bargained for!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-04 13:47

      Buy one, get one rat free

  • Aggamemnon - 2011-08-04 13:40

    awwv rats!!

  • nstallkamp - 2011-08-04 13:47

    Australian version of bunny chow?

      brown_bread - 2011-08-04 14:25


  • soba le boya - 2011-08-04 13:56

    its a hamper!

  • Craig - 2011-08-04 14:08

    puts a whole new meaning on the BUNNYCHOW !!! RATCHOW !!!

  • Linale - 2011-08-04 14:15

    Daily sun stuff!!!

      brown_bread - 2011-08-04 14:26


  • Natalie - 2011-08-04 14:20

    Put that in your loaf and chow it!

  • Ammie - 2011-08-04 14:27

    TWo for the price of one!

  • Pips - 2011-08-04 14:27

    Poor little guy, hope they let him/her go.... :-)

  • Butterfly - 2011-08-04 14:29


  • donnelly.ann - 2011-08-04 15:41

    There's a rat in my loaf, what am I gonna do? There's a rat in my loaf, what am I gonna do? I'm gonna fix dat rat, dat's what I gonna do! (Apologies to UB40)

  • sponkie - 2011-08-04 15:46

    What's so bad? She got a freebie - some extra protein.

  • Met - 2011-08-04 16:00

    Clearly, you dont know what goes on in Super markets and bakeries. That is fine if it makes you feel better. Avoid the truth at all costs, be it politics or rats/roaches in food

  • BeagleFigo - 2011-08-04 16:30

    This sounds like something out of Ripley's Believe it or not....!!! Yuk..............

  • HeyApple - 2011-08-04 16:40

    This brings to a close the Australian National Rat Hide & Seek Championships of 2011

  • Elsmucko - 2011-08-04 16:47

    No snakes in New Zealand so rats are a problem. Seen them myself. Big mothers.

  • Louis - 2011-08-04 16:57

    Maybe it was Juliarse infiltrating Aus to overthrow the Aus government or his secrete agent Floyd

  • World Traveler - 2011-08-04 17:07

    Out damn Rat!

  • shaun botsis - 2011-08-04 17:44

    it was probably just a cute little mouse

  • Yoda - 2011-08-04 17:47

    At least tyhe rat was alive. if it was dead I would take the bread back.

  • Flamewulf - 2011-08-04 17:59

    "It came from their shop but they are saying it was in the bread before it was delivered to the shop" I smell a rat ...

  • Bewildered - 2011-08-04 18:07

    haha it was a valuepack - buy the bread and get the meat free

  • umhlopo - 2011-08-04 18:45

    I saw the report and got all excited and rushed out to buy a loaf for mal lemmer - too late they were all sold out

  • Delta Roger - 2011-08-04 18:55

    It's a meaty loaf. Probably a new ingredient for Australia's master chefs. Export the loaf to Thailand.

  • Cybermatix - 2011-08-04 19:09

    Anybody have good word for the rat? It only wanted to live.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-04 19:43

    Ah... wondered why Juju was so quite..

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-04 20:40

    This ratifies the agreement entered into between the supermarket and the bakery.

  • George - 2011-08-04 23:29

    Rather a rat in a bread than a rat in our goverment....

  • George - 2011-08-04 23:31

    I would much rather take a rat im a loaf of bread than a RAT in our Goverment

  • pitbull - 2011-08-05 04:53

    There are far worse things found in South Africa bread. Dagga zolls, fingers, toilet paper, hair.... Should I carry on? I don't eat bread in South Africa because it makes me sick.

  • aa gone - 2011-08-05 05:33


  • Powerplay - 2011-08-05 07:10

    Australian Mastersheff would be so proud!!!