Lint in My Ralph’s Bakery Hard Dough Bread

Lint in my Ralph's Hard Dough bread: Found four pieces embedded into the dough, Photo by Don Tai

Lint in my Ralph’s Hard Dough bread: Found four pieces embedded into the dough, Photo by Don Tai

Furious was I when my daughter took out two pieces of Ralph’s Bakery hard dough bread, from the bread bag, to eat and there was some unidentifiable foreign objects embedded into the bread. These objects needed to be physically pulled from inside the bread. It looks like some white lint mixed with human hair. We later found two more slices with these fibers. I am unhappy. Here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, this is not acceptable practice. I will stop buying Ralph’s Bakery bread.

There is an expectation here in Canada that food should be healthy and free of foreign objects. Bread is a staple of our family. In fact, we often make our own. There is no excuse for being sloppy and endangering the health of my family. There is no excuse.

I knew that I was taking a chance with Ralph’s bread. On numerous occasions I would buy it and even though it was delivered the day before, the bread would not be fresh. I would estimate that the bread was over a week old. The bakery manager at my grocery store confirmed the delivery date, when all the old bread is taken away and replaced with new bread. She told me about the bread going moldy prematurely, and that she would have to manually inspect the bread daily. Even with her vigilance the mold can grow in between the slices and remain undetected until purchased.

As I have been buying Ralph’s bread for many years, I told myself that this is just a Jamaican thing, a little late, a little wrong, so I looked the other way. Now I have proof that they do not justify any more leeway than I give other food manufacturers here in Canada. Am I being picky? Take a look at these photos and tell me you would feed this to your family for breakfast?

Being Jamaican is not an excuse for being sloppy in your manufacturing processes. I will not endanger my family for such a frivolous excuse.

The investigation is over, and the case is closed. The inspector did his thing, which is privy to him and the process. I remain uneasy. Why take the chance again? I will not tolerate this behaviour.

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph's Hard Dough bread, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, single fibrous object, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Foreign fiber objects found embedded into Ralph’s Hard Dough bread, single fibrous object, Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1-800-442-2342
Health Hazards prepackaged food Hotline, Ontario: 1-800-701-2737, relayed from Ottawa to Toronto

The bread was purchased today March 21 2013 from No Frills at Agincourt Mall. The bread tab has an expiry date of March 31. There is no lot number on the bread tab or bag.

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