New Ketchup Ingredient? Rodent Fur Found in Heinz Ketchup

August 21, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Health officials in Brazil have banned a batch of Heinz ketchup that was made in Mexico after detecting traces of rodent fur in some of the bottles.

The government said in a statement that it has banned all sales, distribution, and marketing of the batch. 

The hair was detected by Instituto Adolfo Lutz de Santo André VIII, which found “rodent hair fragments,” according to an English translation of the Spanish statement. 

Heinz told BBC that the batch was imported to Brazil last year but had already been taken out of circulation. It said it will investigate the issue. 

Cofepris, Mexico’s hygiene agency, told the Spanish news agency Efe that it had ordered a visit to the factory to make sure proper standards are being followed. It has also asked for a “detailed report” from Heinz.

It was unclear the extent of the contamination or how many products were withdrawn from the market. 

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