Mouse in can tests 'inconclusive'
SCIENTIFIC tests conducted to identify the origin of a mouse allegedly found in a can of pre-mixed Bundaberg rum and cola have returned inconclusive results according to the manufacturer of the product, Diageo.
As reported by The Northern Star in June, Casino mother-of-four Linda Foster, 26, bought a six-pack of Bundaberg rum and cola to drink with her family following the funeral of her grandfather. He had died earlier in the month and was a life-long drinker of rum. Miss Foster said she enjoyed the first can from her six-pack before opening and drinking half of a second can in which, she claims, she found a pickled mouse.
“Straight away I vomited – it was disgusting, absolutely revolting,” Miss Foster said at the time.
Miss Foster said she tried repeatedly to contact the company via the feedback number printed on the can but got no response. In response to questions from The Northern Star the company investigated.
“We took efforts to retrieve the specimen from Miss Foster as quickly as possible, and have since undertaken independent scientific investigations to try and ascertain the time and cause of death of the specimen,” a Diageo spokesperson said.
“From the testing, it was not possible to draw absolute conclusions as the specimen was in poor condition due to post-mortem spoilage.
“As such, there is no conclusive evidence to prove how the specimen in question got into the can or that it was in any way related to our manufacturing process.
“We remain committed to the highest standards of product quality, and as part of this investigation have also verified our manufacturing processes to confirm we have robust quality controls in place.”
Miss Foster was yesterday gagged from talking to the media by her legal representatives. It is understood Diageo has communicated the test findings to her and that she is considering her options.