Heinz Tomato Ketchup claims to be “the world’s favorite ketchup,” but there’s at least one part of that world that would likely disagree.
Brazilian health officials banned a batch of Heinz ketchup after detecting traces of rodent fur in it. Authorities in Mexico, where the ketchup was made, launched their own investigation into the factory where the batch was produced.
The Brazilian government said in a statement
that it has banned the sales, distribution and marketing of that particular batch of ketchup. The firm has previously stated that it makes all products according to international standards, and promised to investigate the issue.
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None of that is stopping consumers from around the world are taking to the Heinz Ketchup Facebook page
to share comments, jokes and photos about the gross bit of news, though.
The brand is responded to the many Facebook comments with the following, rather dry message:
Thank you for your comment to our U.S. Ketchup Facebook page. Food safety and quality is paramount at Heinz. The product in question was made in Mexico in 2012 and is no longer in the marketplace in Brazil. For further information, please contact Heinz Brazil at: at 0800 773 7737.
Do you think that statement is the right response?