Mouse bone? 'People could find something like that in their cereal'

EUGENE, Ore. - As Shea Boman-Smead finished her bowl of cereal, she noticed a little something extra floating in the milk.

"As I was taking a drink, I noticed something long in there," she said, "and it was not shaped like the cereal.

"And I thought, there's absolutely no way ..."

Way: The 25-year-old said she thinks the object is a mouse femur.

"Maybe the cereal is contaminated, maybe I could've gotten sick," she said. "Other people could find something like that in their cereal. It's just gross."

Boman-Smead contacted Quaker, the maker of Life cereal. She said the company representative was sincerely apologetic. Quaker sent her a box and asked her to mail the empty box and the bone to them for further investigation.

Boman-Smead isn't sure that's enough.

The Food and Drug Administration allows a certain amount of contamination in processed food, including mold and various degrees of animal product in food.

According to, some limits include:

  • Berries (canned & frozen): Mold count over 60 percent
  • Cocoa beans: Average of 10 mg or more mammalian excrement per pound
  • Macaroni and noodle products: Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams in 6 subsamples
  • Nectars, apricot, peaches and pears: Mold average count of 12 percent
  • Peanut butter: Insect filth average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams. Rodent filth average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams. Gritty taste and inorganic residue in more than 25 mg per 100 grams
  • Pineapple, canned: Mold count of 20 percent or more

With cereal products, the FDA relies on limits for specific ingredients.