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Woman found oven glove in loaf

Hovis and Oven Glove
The glove disintegrated during baking

The bakers of Hovis bread have been fined £750 after a woman found part of an oven glove baked into her loaf.

The woman, from Omagh in County Tyrone, had toasted a slice of white bread and was starting to eat it when she noticed it was full of pieces of thread.

A court heard following the incident in December 2008, the woman contacted her local council.

Premier Foods admitted breaking environmental health laws and said it apologised for any distress caused.

Chairman of Omagh District Council Paddy Magowan said: "The very fact that they have been fined quite a substantial sum should send out a warning to all other companies to be on your best behaviour and to be very careful about your processes and manufacturing."

The Herefordshire-based company said it went to "great lengths" to assure the quality of its "great British brands".

"On this isolated occasion we have fallen short of our usual high standards and apologise for any distress caused to the customer."

Last year, a court in north Antrim fined another bakery after a customer found a dead mouse baked inside his recently purchased malt loaf.

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