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Toronto man finds plastic shards in cat food -- three times

Courtesy Christopher Graper

Courtesy Christopher Graper

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Commercial cat food isn't exactly known for its healthy, pure ingredients. But shards of plastic? That's what Christopher Graper found in three tins of cat food he bought for his cat, Mojo. And the weirdest thing? The tins were made by two different manufacturers. Mr. Graper found the plastic in two tins of President's Choice food, and one tin of Whiskas. 

When he complained to Loblaw, the grocery chain that produces the President's Choice products, the company tested and confirmed that it was, indeed, plastic in the food. Mr. Graper found the pieces of plastic before Mojo consumed any of it.

"I'm pretty sure it's not good for cats to eat little bits of plastic"

He's since been given a $25 gift certificate as compensation. He says that's not enough. Mr. Graper is still addressing the issue with Whiskas. It's not yet clear whether the tins, despite being different brands, were produced in the same facility.

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Christopher Graper's cat, Mojo.

Loblaw declined an interview with As It Happens but sent us this statement:

"We take all complaints of this sort very seriously and we were in touch directly with the customer multiple times as we investigated his complaint. As part of our investigation we tested the product, the foreign material and other product produced at the same time under the same conditions. None of the other products tested had any foreign material and, nothing matching the foreign material is found in or around the production line or facility. Our quality assurance team continues to watch for other concerns of this sort, however, we have not received any other complaints."

Mars, the company that makes Whiskas, has not yet responded to requests for an interview.

Click the "listen" link above to hear Carol's conversation with Christopher Graper.


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