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  Report finds yucky stuff in food
Updated 07 February 2002, 19.48
Rat soup
Waiter waiter - there's a rat in my soup!

No, it's not a joke: a report by Which? magazine has discovered around 2,000 weird and yucky objects are found in food and medicines every year.

Rodents and wasps

Fact File
Some other findings
Metal cube in pickle
Woodlouse in a turkey
Tropical spider in a tin of fruit
Part of a chain in a pasty
Half a wasp in a mint

But what they also found is that companies don't get into too much trouble for it!

If someone finds something nasty, like a rodent, in their food they can take the food company to court.

However, the food makers usually defend themselves by saying they took "all reasonable steps" to stick to food safety laws. It's called the "due diligence" defence.

But Which? say it's not good enough.

Keep your eyes peeled!

They advise the public on how to get the best on what they buy.

And now they're asking for stricter laws so that companies take more responsibility for hygiene and standards.

A spokesperson for the Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to review the "due diligence" defence though, so keep your eyes peeled when eating!

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