A British food company has been hit with a massive fine after a customer found a dead mouse in a loaf of bread.
Stephen Forse was making sandwiches for his children and their friends at home in Oxfordshire when he noticed a dark shape in the corner of the loaf.
"Initially I thought it was where the dough had not mixed properly prior to baking. As I looked closer I saw that the object had fur on it", he told the BBC.
Mr Forse said he carried on preparing the sandwiches with another loaf, but couldn't eat because he was feeling so ill.
He then called his local council who sent their environmental health officers to inspect the loaf.
They confirmed it was a mouse, but it was missing its tail.
"Their comments made me feel ill once again as there was no indication as to where the tail was," Mr Forse said.
"Had it fallen off prior to the bread being wrapped or had any of my family eaten it with another slice of bread on a previous day?"
Mr Forse bought the bread from a leading British supermarket in January last year.
Following an inquiry, the company that made the loaf, Premier Foods, was fined nearly $30,000 this week.
Production at Premier Foods's bakery in London, where the loaf was made, was stopped as soon as the mouse was discovered.The company issued an apology, but maintained there was no evidence of mice at its bakery and said it had no history of any similar issues