Man Finds Mouse Baked Into His Hot Dog Buns

A North Carolina man bought some hot dog buns that came with a little surprise inside. No, it wasn’t a prize. “I see the little ears. Clearly that’s a tail. I don’t know what that is, part of his leg or something,” the man told NBC.

“I was cooking dinner and I brought these out and I opened them up,” he said. “That’s our little friend right there. And that clearly is a mouse.”

NBC says that when he called Arnold bread, the company that made the buns, they told him that he didn’t need to call the store where he bought the item. But he did anyway.

From KARE 11:

The IBM executive says he doesn’t want money from this ordeal, just answers and action.

Bruce says “that’s certainly noticeable. I mean, somebody should have seen that. It got put into a bag.”

So he called Arnold bread but says they told him not to call the Concord store where he bought the buns.

Bruce says “she told me, ‘ah no, you don’t need to call BJ’s, just send it back to us.'”

But he says, he worried about other customers.

Bruce says “mice don’t travel in isolation. The travel with other mice and if one mouse got in, others could’ve.”

BJ’s Wholesale apparently worried, too. They pulled all bread products made at the same Florida factory where these buns came from.

Bruce says “other consumers should be concerned about this. How did it get there? Is it the only one?”

That’s a damn good question, Bruce.

Man finds mouse parts baked into hot dog buns [KARE 11] (Thanks, Mike!)


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  1. Triborough says:

    Do you know the kinds of things that can fall into an industrial sausage press? Not excluding rodent hairs and bug excrement.

  2. Gokuhouse says:

    I’m glad he isn’t looking for money like many sadly would do. He should at the very least get answers to his questions.

    • kenblakely says:

      @Gokuhouse: Whay are you glad he’s not looking for money? The bottom line is the >only< thing that a corporate entity listens to. If a mistake is made and it doesn’t cost anyone anything, well, ho-hum, everybody back to work. But if a mistake is made that costs some money, it gets noticed and processes change (sometimes).

      Punitive damages have a place

      • KMan13 still wants a Pontiac G8 says:

        I have a feeling BJ’s may have cost them a lot of money, what with pulling product and such.
        But still not that much, in the grand scheme of things, maybe a few thousand.

    • LoringLemming says:

      @Gokuhouse: @Gokuhouse: He is an IBM executive. The $2.00 pack of hot dog buns is probably the least of his concerns. I’d rather the money be spent on better QA too.

      • mythago says:

        @LoringLemming: What incentive do they have to spend money on anything other than press releases saying they are taking this “very seriously”? The IBM executive may not want any money, but the AG’s office and the health inspectors should be slapping this company with fines until its ears bleed.

  3. idip says:

    Interesting how Arnold Bread said not to contact BJ’s….

    • tande04 says:

      @idip: Not really.

      You don’t need to be suspicious about why they told him that because you know and they know its exactly what happened when he did contact BJ’s…

      • idip says:

        @tande04: Yes, but instead of them voluntarily pulling the product they make it look like they were going to cover it up.

        That would lose my business forever vs. if they pulled the affected product and said the rest was fine.

  4. bobpence says:

    Weight would be wrong before the product is shipped out. They weigh it before shipping it out, right? Right?

  5. laserjobs says:

    Now they put the mouse in the bun, not just the hotdog.

  6. RodAox says:

    I don’t think he needed to buy the hot dogs, those buns came prepackaged with meat already.

  7. FortyMegaFonzies says:

    Before all this complaining, did anyone even think to check if mouse was listed on the ingredients label? Much ado about nothing, me thinks.

  8. Starfury says:

    Guess the factory wasn’t as squeaky clean as it could be.

  9. KStrike155 says:

    I almost just threw up.

  10. Git Em SteveDave loves this guy--> says:

    How did it get in there? Easy. By the looks of it, it crawled onto the line after the bread was proofed, but before it got baked. The line through the mouse looks like it’s from when it’s cut after it bakes. As for how it got into the bag like that, most bread companies use an automated system, and don’t have people shoving bread into the bags one at a time.Also, while it’s true if you see one mouse in the house, finding one mouse in a package doesn’t mean the other hundred million had them.

    I can kind of see why Arnold bread would want to keep this on the down low. Look what a little e-coli or Sam&Ella scare can do a company. But good to the consumer for calling the company first, and letting them know. Also good for turning down the money.

  11. downwithmonstercable says:

    That…is…absoutely disgusting. But good for him for not automatically suing and just wanting answers instead.

    • TMurphy says:

      I would have told them to contact stores or else I’d sue them. I wouldn’t care to sue them, but I’d rather force them to be responsible about the situation and ensure there were no other problems.

  12. HClay says:

    Well, at least the mouse died to the smell of freshly baked bread. Isn’t that the smell of heaven? (along with the smell of fried chicken, or so I remember from some article about a survey, that I read long ago).

    Good on the guy for not suing, although I feel he should at least be given some sort of paltry compensation, like a gift card for his favourite grocery store or something.

  13. closed_account says:

    FDA “Defect action level handbook” [] .

    PEANUT BUTTER IS NASTY: Insect filth
    -Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams
    Rodent filth
    -Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams
    -Gritty taste and water insoluble inorganic residue is more than 25 mg per 100 grams

    • TheHans says:

      @chadbailey: Ugh. I should really think twice before clicking on links. Ummm…thanks?
      I’m sure you’ve seen this one, but for other people who want to know what’s being refused, import-wise, here’s the link to OASIS: []

  14. midwestkel says:

    My question is, how did it taste?

    But I agree, if there is one then there is probably more and then the mouse is pissing and crapping in the bread mixture, I didn’t know they made chocolate chip hot dog buns, type of thing…

  15. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Somebody slipped him a mickey!

    Yes, you would have thought it would have been noticed, but given the nature of automation and considering how many thosands of packages of bread that come out of a factory in a day…maybe not.


  16. microguy07828 says:

    I worked in the field of Industrial Microbiology for 16 years. In that time I visited hundreds of food plants. I think I have seen it all, everything from the very best to the very worst.

    The bakery in question is responsible for maintaining an acceptable Pest Control Program, which is usually contracted out to a reputable pest control company. The pest control technician assigned to their facility will visit their bakery on a regular basis to check for pest activity, log any incidents and take any appropriate actions. The FDA will visit this bakery on a regular basis and will review the pest control program and any notes by the pest control technician. If the FDA feels the pest control program is lacking, the will request that changes be made. If there is evidence of unacceptable pest activity, a 483 (warning letter) may be issued.

    Typically, the bakery will have bait stations (poison) outside the perimeter of the building and “Tin Cats” along the inside perimeter of the building. Tin Cats are metal, spring-loaded traps along the walls that capture the mice (mice tend to travel along the walls). Poison is not permitted to be used in a food plant. Bait Stations and Tin Cats take care of over 99% of isolated mouse problems.

    When the weather gets cold or the mice smell something good inside the building, they will try to get in. Even if the building is in excellent condition and the doors are sealed properly, mice can still get in. They are pretty crafty. I once saw a mouse run right into a food warehouse just as a truck pulled out of the loading dock. There was nothing anyone could do to stop it. If a mouse enters a food plant and does “typical mouse things” (like run along the walls), it will probably get caught in a Tin Cat and picked up by the Pest Control Technician during his or her next visit. If Tin Cats are missing, damaged or the mouse behaves atypically, that’s when problems occur.

    I’m not trying to defend the bakery, because I have never been to their establishment. All I am saying is that even the best pest control program is not fool proof. Accidents and incidents do happen. I assure you that they will take this incident very seriously. I’m sure their pest control company has already been informed and has made an emergency visit to access the situation. They will determine if this is an isolated incident or if this is an infestation problem and will take appropriate action.

    Keep an open mind and let the bakery take appropriate corrective action. Don’t boycott the brand because of one incident. Chances are that the food plant will now be given the most thorough inspection it has ever received and all related records, procedures and programs will be scrutinized and any fine tuning of the pest control program will be made. Any food you buy from this bakery in the future will probably be safer than it was before this incident.

    Just to show you that this stuff does happen, check the link below. It is one of the pictures I used in a training program I developed for a food company.


  17. ShadowFalls says:

    I do happen to respect BJ’s actions, they decided to take no risks.

  18. The_IT_Crone says:

    When I was a kid I found a long-dead mouse in a package of those Halloween peanut butter chews (the ones that are wrapped in black and orange wax paper like salt water taffy).

    I will never, ever eat one again. Just thinking about it makes me want to scream.

  19. RedwoodFlyer says:

    I remember seeing a Science Channel (or one of those) thing about M&Ms and Potato chips…they make them fly over a gap, and a camera snaps an image of each piece and compares it against the template. If it doesn’t match…a puff of air blows it out of the gap and it gets rejected….don’t see why these guys can’t do the same thing.

    • yungjerry703 says:

      @RedwoodFlyer: i thought the same thing, MacDonald’s does it with its fries, maybe its not cost effective (enough) for this type of factory/bakery.

    • Adisharr says:


      Considering the type of food product under inspection that wouldn’t be very easy. Looking at a hard candy or fry is one thing, looking at a bunch of rolls that can vary greatly in the forming and baking process, that’s another story. If you look at the picture, the mouse is baked into the side of the bun. I doubt that would have been caught by any inspection system.

    • Darkest Daze says:

      Yep, my uncle works for a candy company and I got to see it working. It’ll even check to make sure the wrapper is twisted the correct number of times, if not…poof.

  20. chanh55 says:
  21. lestat730 says:

    It is nice to see someone not looking for money and just wanting to look out for other peoples well being. Hell, these days when most people find something like this they think it’s just as good as holding a winning lottery ticket!

  22. zyodei says:

    Surprisingly, the mouse improved the nutrition of the white-bread-and-mystery-meat dinner he had planned.

  23. Carbonic says:

    We’ll see progress when a mouse trap is baked into the bun.

  24. Adisharr says:

    If you’ve ever been in an industrial baking facility you would see that the odds of catching this are practically nil. I’ve been in dozens of food plants and most of them do their best to stay as clean as possible. I always seen lots of rats traps around. Rats and mice get in everywhere and are very hard to eliminate completely.

    At least this company had the foresight to bake them into their product. That gets them out of the building at least.

  25. booleyhitt says:

    Heck, every time you eat processed food, you are ingesting bug and animal parts. It happens. No company in the world can keep every critter out. But still, someone should have noticed this!

  26. baquwards says:

    when I was a bakery manager in a grocery store, My cake decorator was frosting carrot cakes. Like almost all grocery stores, the cakes come in already baked and frozen, we would just ice them and decorate them. When she opened the wrapped carrot cake layer, there was a pretty big cockroach baked into the bottom of the cake (we always flipped them upside down and used the flat bottom) the company who provided the product sent a rep to pick up the product(Country Oven, a subsidiary of Kroger), and he tried to convince me that it wasn’t a cockroach (which it was), and I asked him, well what difference would that make? Thankfully we started using a different higher end product not too long after that, we had more complaints about how bad tasting their carrot cake was anyway even without cockroaches.

  27. Skeletoregano says:

    I’m certain the company will replace the bag and toss in a couple free ones.

    That situation happened for me when I found a grizzled toenail on my pizza not long ago. I called and received a replacement pizza, plus a note from the manager for a free one at a future date.

    Bad service is going to happen from every company at some point. It’s their reaction that makes them a good company.

    P.S. I realized later that it wasn’t a toenail but a really ancient, shriveled cut of onion. (I probably shouldn’t cash in for the free pizza, eh?)

  28. GoVegan says:

    He should be thankful he found the mouse. It is probably much better for him to eat that then whats in a hot dog!

  29. Meathamper says:


  30. redkamel says:

    This is un-accept-able!
    -Beldar Conehead

  31. johnnya2 says:

    For all those who wont eat something because of what the FDA ALLOWS in food products, I think you may be completely destroyed if a microbiological report of yoru very own kitchen were taken. From Ecoli to staph abounds and most homes do not take extra sanitary precautions. I also would say eating the mouse may be better than some of the products filled with HFCS

  32. bbagdan says:

    When I worked in an italian restaurant, a customer found a dental crown in a piece of sausage.

  33. VigilanteKitteh says:

    This is the new Kitty bread! Cats love that stuff!

  34. Anonymous says:

    We saw the comments here about the recent incident concerning hot dog roll safety. Arnold Bakers sincerely apologized to our consumer in Charlotte, North Carolina who purchased a hot dog roll package containing a questionable substance and regrets the resulting consumer concern. On behalf of Arnold Bread, I’d like to share the final lab results on this material. An independent, third party facility Strausburger and Siegel, Inc, Food Testing Laboratory, has analyzed the roll and determined conclusively that the matter is in fact hardened dough, called “pan accumulation.” The report states, “There was no evidence of hairs, excreta, stains, etc. of rodent contamination on or in the rolls or the submitted extraneous matter.” The full certificate of analysis from the laboratory is available upon request (please e-mail

    Arnold is taking measures to prevent any occurrence of pan accumulation in the future. Thank you for your posting on this important issue.

    If you have additional questions please call (800) 984 -0989.

  35. Greg Reid says:

    At least it wasn’t human parts/fingers.