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Issue 121 - December 2011 - Page 20

Hoax - Albany Bread Poisoned by Staff

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Outline
Message circulating via email and social media warns South African consumers not to buy Albany Bread because it has been poisoned by disgruntled staff.



Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are untrue. Albany Bread has not been poisoned. The warning was not issued by the Health Department as claimed in the message. The message is a hoax and should not be forwarded or reposted.

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Last updated: 14th November 2011
First published: 14th November 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Please broadcast to all CS friends, this is on radio as well but all needs to be informed.....please refrain from purchasing any Albany bread this weekend as it has been poisoned. . as mentioned by the Health Department that Albany bread has been poisoned by their staff with intent due to the failure of increase in wage . Broadcast immediately to all.

Albany Bread Poisioning Hoax




Detailed Analysis
According to this message, which is circulating via social networking websites and email, popular South African bread, Albany Bread has been poisoned by disgruntled staff and should not be purchased. The message claims that the warning was issued by South Africa's Health department. Supposedly, staff at Albany Bread deliberately laced products with poison because their wages were not increased. The message asks recipients to broadcast the information to as many people as possible.

However, the claims in the message are false. South African news outlets have dismissed the message as a hoax. Albany Bread parent company, Tiger Brands has denied the claims in a statement posted on its website:
TIGER BRANDS REJECTS ONLINE CLAIMS ABOUT ALBANY BREAD

Tiger Brands is aware of an online message that is circulating related to Albany Bread. We reject any claims made in this message. A full investigation into the source of the message is currently underway.
Moreover, there is no such warning published on South Africa's Department of Health. Nor are there any police reports about such a poisoning campaign.

Thus, forwarding this hoax message will do nothing more than spread unnecessary fear and alarm. If you receive this false warning, please do not forward or repost it. And please make the sender aware that the information in the message is untrue.

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References
'No poison in Albany bread'
Tiger Brands denies bread poisoning
TIGER BRANDS REJECTS ONLINE CLAIMS ABOUT ALBANY BREAD
Department of Health South Africa



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