Man who claimed he found a dead mouse in sealed protein powder bag admits LYING

A MAN who lied about finding a dead mouse in a sealed bag of protein powder has issued a grovelling apology at the High Court.

Adam Brenton also agreed to pay damages and costs to the manufactures and distributors after taking his fake discovery public.

A lawyer for MyProtein manufacturer TheHut.com and distributor Cend Ltd told Mr Justice Nicklin how Breton, from Manchester, had been a loyal and satisfied customer since 2009.

But in April 2017 he contacted customer services to report finding a mouse corpse inside a packet of MyProtein Impact Diet Whey protein powder.

Despite agreeing to hand over the packet for testing, he used Twitter to hit out at TheHut.com's "inept" customer service, taking his story to local paper.

The story was then followed up by a number of other news outlets, including The Sun.

CCTV from the date and time of production was analysed but nothing out of the ordinary was found.

Mr Brenton confirmed that the bag was opened and unsealed for at least three weeks before the mouse was found.

Tests were carried out on the mouse by Ecolab and endorsed by the University of Liverpool – confirming that the mouse was not present during shipping.

The lawyer added: "The evidence is therefore categorical and unequivocal that the mouse which Mr Brenton found in his packet of protein powder could not have entered the product during the production process, and was not present in the product at the time of delivery.

"The suggestion that the complainants were at fault for allowing the mouse to enter the protein powder during the production process, thereby potentially causing harm to Mr Brenton and other customers' health, was false."

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She added that Mr Brenton had acknowledged his mistake in writing.

Mr Brenton told the judge: "I agree that there was no possible way the mouse could have entered the powder during the production process.

"I also agree that the customer service provided by The Hut.com Limited in response to my complaint was beyond criticism.

"I withdraw my allegations suggesting otherwise.

"I apologise to the group for my mistakes and agree not to republish any allegations conveying this defamatory meaning or any similar meanings."

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