Horrified woman claims dead mouse ‘fell out of tomato paste’ into pan while cooking

Inês Meotti, 52, was putting the tomato paste into her frying pan when the dead rodent allegedly dropped out. She has now vowed to grow her own tomatoes for her future dishes

A woman claims she was shocked to find a dead mouse lurking inside a tube of tomato paste that she was using to make a lasagne.

Inês Meotti was preparing a tomato sauce for the Italian dish when she said she was stunned by the disturbing find.

The 52-year-old from São Domingos, Brazil, was putting the tomato paste into her frying pan when she claims the dead rodent dropped out.

Inês, who works as a maid, said: “I bought more than one tomato paste from this brand, but this was the last one left to use.

“I made the sauce in a large pot and when I put it, the whole mouse came out. It was a scene that terrified me.”

The company, Só Frutas Alimentos, have however said it is not possible for the mouse to have come from inside the packaging.

Inês added: “I showed it to my mother and father so that people wouldn’t think it was a lie, and I threw it away because I didn’t have anything else to take advantage of.”

She claims she threw out the product and packaging and now plans to stop buying tomato paste instead.

Instead she plans to grow her own tomatoes in her garden for future sauces.

She said she does not intend to take any action against the company that produced the paste – however the brand has said it is not possible for the mouse to have come from inside the packaging.

The company, Só Frutas Alimentos, contacted her directly to collect the product for analysis – but this was not possible as she had already disposed of it.

Juliana Bertoni, a lawyer for the company, said: “As much as the consumer tries to bind the product to a foreign body, this is impossible due to the process, which is entirely mechanised, without contact with the external environment or human action.

“The extract goes through several filters of up to two millimetres, so there is no way something bigger than that can be poured.”

The lawyer added that, after the filters, the extract is pasteurised at over 100°C – saying “there is no way to remain intact”.