The Grossest Things Found in Peoples Food A dead mouse In 2009, Stephen Forse was making sandwiches for his children from a Hovis Best of Both loaf of sliced bread. But something caught his eye - a 4cm-long dead mouse. He said I noticed a dark coloured object imbedded in the corner of three or four slices as I looked closer I saw that the object had fur on it. The Telegraph reported that the breads manufacturer Premier Foods immediately apologised for the incident and was fined almost £17,000. More worrying perhaps, for Mr Forse and his family, the mouses tail was never found. Dead pickled rat Imagine this. Youre picking out some tasty gherkins for a salad when you see a nine-inch long, dead rat suspended in the jar. Thats exactly what happened to Jeanette Reinders in November 2005. She told The Sun she was disgusted, adding that it was a dismembered rat with a horrible long tail. According to the newspaper, Asda launched an immediate enquiry and compensated Jeanette and her partner with £100 and a Christmas trolley dash. Its thought the rat was accidentally collected in amongst vegetables during harvesting. Wire brush When Brett Stephens tucked into a Chicken Legend burger at a McDonalds in Kidderminster in February 2010, he was surprised to find a five-inch wire brush sticking out of it. His mother was quoted in the Daily Mail: I looked at it and started to pull it out and it kept coming it was right through the piece of chicken. McDonalds responded, offering a refund and a statement claiming they were very sorry. The fast food chain also launched an investigation and confirmed that McDonalds take the safety and quality of its food very seriously indeed. Dirty dishcloth A horrified Maggie Sullivan sliced into a loaf of bread bought at a Tesco supermarket in Chepstow in November 2010, and found something blue that she thought was mould. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a dirty dishcloth that had been accidentally baked into the bread. Maggie told BBC News I couldnt believe it when I saw what was lurking inside the loaf. Tesco released a statement saying they were very sorry for this extremely rare find and confirmed that they had rung Maggie to apologise personally. Black widow spider In the autumn of 2002, Stephanie Thorneycroft found an unlikely stowaway in a bunch of grapes - a black widow spider, one of the most venomous in the world. It soon emerged that the spiders were used during production of the grapes to fend off insects, reducing the need for chemical pesticides. Tesco commented: we are committed to reducing pesticide use. Before grapes leave the US each box is checked but we apologise for any distress this may have caused. Maggots In March 2011, Leigh Savage claimed that he found at least 20 maggots crawling inside his Big Mac, bought at a McDonalds in Victoria, Australia. McDonalds launched an investigation, but according to Australian newspaper the Frankston Standard Leader, the fast-food giant later insisted that they werent to blame, saying that insect contamination was not possible. The newspaper, now unable to reach Mr Savage, reported that no further action was taken. A one-inch nail Rebecca Shorten heated up a Tesco Value macaroni meal for a quick dinner in August 2008 and unknowingly swallowed a one-inch nail. She said at the time, in a Daily Mail article: I bit into something hard, then I took another bite and saw a nail in the macaroni. After an X-ray confirmed she had swallowed the nail, Rebecca remained in hospital while she waited for it to pass through her system. Tesco issued a recall of the product and said that they were carrying out an urgent and thorough investigation. But the episode put Rebecca off Tesco ready meals she vowed never to eat another one again. A spokesperson from the Food Standards Agency told us that it is vital that all food businesses follow good food hygiene practice to minimise any potential food safety risks. If people have concerns about any food products they should contact their Local Authority.