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Traces Of Rodent Fur Found In Mexican-Produced Heinz Ketchup

By Bianca Facchinei | Aug 21, 2013 01:46 PM EDT

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The Brazilian government released a statement saying it has banned all products imported from Heinz's ketchup factory in Mexico after they discovered traces of rodent fur in the product. (Photo : Wiki Commons)

Health officials in Brazil have banned Mexican-made ketchup on Wednesday after discovering traces of rodent fur in the product.

BBC News reported the Brazilian government released a statement, stating it has stopped all sales, distribution, and marketing of the ketchup. They have also ordered an investigation into the factory where the ketchup was made.

The contaminated batch of ketchup was reportedly imported to Brazil from Mexico over a year ago.

Cofepris, a hygiene agency in Mexico, also said that they will visit the factory to determine whether or not certain standards were being enforced. The agency also asked Heinz for a detailed report on their production of the ketchup.

Heinz claims that the factory has followed all standard procedures when it comes to making their product but promised to investigate the situation. It is not known how many bottles of ketchup were contaminated or to what extent they were infected.

This is not the first recent slip in exported food products from Mexico. Earlier in April, a rare parasite was linked to a Mexican lettuce supplier that caused 400 people in the U.S. to get sick. The parasite, cyclosporiasis, made its way to Olive Gardens and Red Lobsters across the U.S. from Iowa, Nebraska, and Texas to name a few.

Cyclosporiasis is generally found in tropical and subtropical regions. Symptoms of the parasite include weight loss, bloating, cramping, and nausea and is not life threatening according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After the outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration released a statement saying that would pay closer attention to the "green leafy products" exported from Mexico to the U.S.

The news of fur-infested products comes just one week after Heinz announced that they plan to cut 600 jobs in the U.S., more than half of which will take place in their headquarters in Pittsburgh.

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