I retired to the Philippines almost ten years ago. Been married to a beautiful Filipina for over 19 years. I’ve settled into a routine of having the same merienda, snack, over the years. A cup of Good Day coffee and two slices of whole wheat bread slathered with peanut butter.
Dead Lizard Found in Angelina Whole Wheat Bread
First of all, I usually purchase Gardenia whole wheat bread. Been enjoying it for years. However, Angelina’s was promoting a new whole wheat bread. Two loaves for 50 pesos, a buck. Because it was a bargain, I thought I’d sample it.
Smaller slices than Gardenia. While the taste and texture weren’t bad, I still preferred Gardenia. However, the other morning, I opened up the loaf, which only had a few slices left, and was shocked to find a dead lizard.
The toasted lizard
Now this was not some lizard that had crawled into the bread wrapper. Because ants and lizards occasionally roam throughout our home, my bread is kept in a lizard-and-ant-proof container.
My wife and niece April were at the kitchen counter eating their breakfast when I found the toasted lizard. Yes, it was baked right inside the loaf of bread. My wife checked it out, as did I, and it was hard as a rock.
This was my first incident of any food contamination while living in the Philippines for the past decade. The toasted lizard was about as welcome as an outhouse breeze. Hence, I fired off an email to the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, FDA. Here’s what I put in the message, verbatim:
“While opening a package of Angelina Wheat bread the morning of July 2, 2019, a dead lizard, toasted from the baking process, was found inside the loaf of bread. My bread is always stored in a lizard-proof container. My wife and niece were witnesses to the fact that the toasted dead lizard indeed came from the package of bread.
I find it distressing that this bakeshop in Iloilo City is not evidently following the proper health standards and is allowing lizards into its product while being baked and then sold to the consumer. The bread was purchased on June 25th at SM City Supermarket in Iloilo City.
It had an expiration date of July 2. I also keep my bread in the freezer to insure its freshness. There is no way this lizard came from anywhere else aside from inside the loaf of bread.
Regards, David E DeWall, Guimaras province
Thank you for your attention to this matter.”
My lizard proof bread container
I’m well aware that these small lizards are extremely common in the Philippines. However, I don’t think they should be allowed to invade loaves of bread or any other food products sold to the public.
The packaging on the bread wrapper indicated it was baked at Angelina’s Bakeshop on Iznart Street in Iloilo City. If I receive a response from the FDA, I will publish it in a future post. Meanwhile, I’ll go back to my Gardenia whole wheat bread in the future.