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'So gross:' Hamilton mom disgusted after live mouse found in bag of bread

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Michelle Hill was about to grab a loaf of bread and hand it to the grocery store cashier Tuesday when she saw it wiggle.

She took a closer look and, with a scream, jumped back — a live mouse was in the bag, munching on a slice of bread.

"It was moving," she said. "It was scary, so gross, oh my God. That wasn't a pretty sight."

Hill said the cashier and another employee at Franco's No Frills store near the corner of Main Street East and Tisdale Street South stood in stunned silence while the customer in front of her grabbed the bag.

She's not sure what became of the bread, or the big-eared bandit that beat her to it.

Before the bag was whisked away, she snapped a picture showing the furry brown mouse happily chomping away and shared it on Facebook with a warning: "Make sure you check your stuff."

That post has since been shared more than 24,000 times, with dozens of commenters chiming in to share her disgust.

Store inspecting bakery items

In a statement to CBC News, Loblaw's public relations said they are taking the matter very seriously and have launched an investigation.

The food retail giant says the store has taken steps to ensure no more mice get at their products including working with a pest control team and inspecting bakery items every day.

I don't want to ever see that again. Yech!– Michelle Hill, Hamilton shopper

Loblaw also says the Hamilton Public Health has visited the store and didn't uncover any problems.

"We apologize to our customers for the concern and inconvenience this has caused."

The company stated it is also working with its supplier to "determine the source" and will immediately address any issues that arise.

Hill also said Weston Foods, the company that own the D'Italiano bread brand, has contacted her personally to apologize and even offered her a $50 Visa card.

Now kids sticking to buns not bread

Hill said she's stopped at the No Frills to pick up a few thing three or four times a week for the past 10 years and has never encountered a rodent in her shopping before.

"I don't want to ever see that again," she said. "Yech!"

She was so shocked she didn't even think of speaking to a manager. With four hungry kids waiting at home, she just want back to the bakery and grabbed another loaf.

"Bread is a necessity, bread, milk, cereal, I go through that stuff like crazy," she explained.

This time the bread was mouse-free, but  that doesn't mean she'll be back to No Frills.

As she headed home from work Thursday, she passed by the store and drove out of her way to a Food Basics.

As for that second loaf she picked up? she's had a hard time getting her kids to dig in.

Her oldest son was in the middle of making a sandwich yesterday, but elected to leave the loaf on the shelf.

He grabbed a Kaiser roll instead.

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Viral video shows China hotel staff cleaning cups, sinks and toilets with same sponge

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Fri, Nov 16, 2018 – 4:07 PM

[HONG KONG] Luxury Chinese hotels run by Hilton, Marriott and several other chains apologised for unhygienic practices after a video went viral on the Internet showing housekeeping staff using the same sponges to clean cups and sinks, and wiping down bathroom surfaces with guest towels.

The statements came after an 11-minute video was posted on Weibo, a popular social networking site, claiming to show hidden-camera footage of cleaning staff at hotels operated by Shangri-La Asia Ltd, Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc and others.

The video has gotten 29 million views and elicited tens of thousands of comments and shares.

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, which is run by Marriott International Inc, apologised in a statement posted on Thursday on Weibo, saying it will investigate and take appropriate action.

A similar apology came from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which said it would strengthen room-check rules, and work with government to respond.

The video, which was posted Nov 14, shows a housekeeper at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Shanghai using a single sponge to clean cups and the sink.

The housekeeper then takes the same sponge and cleans the toilet, according to text shown in the video.

The hotel chain apologised in a statement posted to Weibo.

At the Bulgari Hotel in Shanghai, a worker is shown reusing a plastic-cup cover fished out of a garbage bin.

A worker at a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Shanghai uses a gel that the video describes as shampoo to clean cups.

A statement issued on Thursday by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism said “all levels of cultural and tourism authorities should draw inferences and give high priority to the supervision of tourism service quality”.

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Major hotels in China inspected after room cleaning expose

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BEIJING — The Chinese tourism ministry has asked authorities in Beijing, Shanghai and three provinces to investigate room cleaning at 14 major hotels after hidden camera video showed workers using used towels to clean cups and glasses and other questionable practices.

Several of the hotels including a Shangri-La, Sheraton and Waldorf Astoria have apologized since an activist blogger posted the video online earlier this week. In several clips, workers in bathrooms wipe down sinks, coffee cups and glasses with the same used towel.

The Peninsula hotel in Beijing said Friday that city inspectors had tested its cups and found they were cleaner than standards required. The Park Hyatt in Beijing called what happened an isolated occurrence.

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UPDATED: Crew of Centennial Harmony safe, carrying on with voyage despite flooding, power issues

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The bulk carrier Centennial Harmony is experiencing flooding and intermittent power issues, but it is under control and there are currently no intentions to abandon ship.

There are 21 crew on board.‎

“All crew members are safe,” said Jocelyn Lubczuk, press secretary for the minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, in a phone call shortly after 9:30 p.m. “They’re carrying on with their voyage.”

Major Amber Bineau, a public affairs officer with the Joint Task Force Atlantic told The Telegram by e-mail that the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax responded to the incident about 250 nautical miles East-South East of St. John's in the South Grand Banks region beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The ship required technical assistance due to the intermittent power issues.

Responding to the carrier are Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft CC-130 Hercules and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

Bineau said weather is an issue with poor visibility, high winds and rough seas but conditions are expected to improve.

“The sea state was originally reported as being between 18-20 meters that have since abated to about 10-12 meters. Winds were reported at 85 knots and are reported to have decreased to about 65 knots,” Bineau wrote.

A resupply ship – Maersk Cutter – is about 80 nautical miles away from Centennial Harmony and is on standby to assist if required.

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The Telegram has received reports a bulk carrier is in distress about 60 miles from the Terra Nova oilfield.

A source familiar with marine traffic told The Telegram the crew onboard the Baltic Shipping bulk carrier Centennial Harmony were heading to lifeboats after the ship took on water and lost power this afternoon.

Those details have not been confirmed by Coast Guard, however Coast Guard has confirmed the Sir Wilfred Grenfell is on the way to assist the ship and that the case is being co-ordinated out of Halifax.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., a spokesperson for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard said their office is “incredibly seized by the situation” and are compiling details before issuing a statement.

Calls to the Coast Guard in Halifax have not yet been returned.

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