Canadian man 'finds dead mouse in McDonald's cup of coffee'

An inspection at the branch, in Fredericton, found no evidence of an infestation

Lizzie Dearden
Thursday 16 October 2014 18:40 BST
Ron Morais said he found the mouse in a McDonald's coffee
Ron Morais said he found the mouse in a McDonald's coffee

A Canadian man claims to have found a dead mouse in his McDonald’s coffee – after he finished drinking it.

Ron Morais told CBC News he picked up the takeaway coffee on the way to work in Fredericton on Monday and did not notice anything wrong until he removed the lid.

“I always take the lid off to get my last sip of coffee. And when I took the lid off, there was a little bit of a surprise in my coffee cup. It was a dead mouse,” he added.

There were also droppings swimming in the dregs of the coffee, Mr Morais claimed, adding that he felt “queasy” as the realisation hit him.

Jason Patuano, the communications manager for the eastern region of McDonald’s in Canada, issued a statement saying food safety was a “top priority” for the chain.

“We take allegations involving cleanliness and sanitation very seriously,” he added.

Ron Morais said he found the mouse in a McDonald's coffee

“Upon learning of this situation, the local franchisee immediately began an investigation.”

An inspection by the Canadian Department of Health on Tuesday said there was “no evidence of pests,” and all food was sealed.

“We are continuing to investigate this isolated incident and have reached out to the customer to obtain the product sample,” a McDonald’s spokesperson said.

Mr Morais said he wanted to know how the mouse got into the cup but was otherwise unconcerned by the incident.

“I mean, hey, you know. I'm here. And I'm in better shape than the mouse,” he told CBC.

The incident came after McDonald’s invited an external camera crew inside their factories for the first time to show consumers exactly what goes into their burgers.

It is hoping to dispel the unappetising rumours about ‘pink slime’, worm meat and other burger fillers that have long haunted the chain.

McDonald's insisted its new turn towards transparency is not linked to business performance. Instead, chief brand manager Kevin Newell told Good Morning America the decision is linked to “making sure our customers truly know the story about McDonald’s food”.

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