CANADA: CFIA delving into allegations of dead mouse in chip bag
Posted: February 17th, 2012 - 10:27pm
The investigation continues after a young couple alleged finding a dead rodent in a bag of chips.
According to their lawyer, Donald Morris, barrister and solicitor with Kirkland, Murphy and Kennedy in Smiths Falls, on Jan. 3, Ben Stoddard went to the Queen Street Convenience store in Smiths Falls and purchased a large sized bag of Miss Vickie's Salt and Vinegar Chips.
Upon opening the bag and detecting "a pungent" odour, he says "they (Stoddard and his wife Megan Nagle) noticed a mouse in the bottom of the bag" and then called Morris. He advised them to preserve the evidence and place the bag in a freezer.
After doing some research Morris learned the brand is owned by Frito Lay North America and PepsiCo. On Jan. 6 he provided notice to the company of, "it is food contamination", he claimed.
His records indicate the company referred the matter to their insurance agent Zurich Insurance before it was then sent to an adjuster.
Morris says, as far as he is aware, the company did not notify the Canadian Food Inspection Agency about the incident, so he did on Jan. 17. He sent a letter via fax to the Ottawa North East district office of the CFIA and within 24 hours received a response.
A senior investigator came out Friday, Jan. 20 and did a thorough investigation, attending the store the bag was purchased from, taking plenty of photographs and will be researching where this particular bag was manufactured. He noted it is expected a report will be completed by the CFIA within two months.