Sentence in Lidl mouse-in-beer case reduced

15th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Werner was tried in three years ago, when a customer said he fell ill after drinking from a bottle of beer containing a mouse.

Thessaloniki -- A manager at German discount chain Lidl sentenced in June over the discovery of a mouse in a beer bottle had his term reduced on appeal on Thursday, said a court source in Thessaloniki.

Purchases Manager Art Werner, who attended the northern city court, was handed a suspended three-month sentence, the source said.

Werner had initially been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

He was tried in 2006, when a customer said he fell ill after drinking from a bottle of beer containing a 13-centimeter (five-inch) mouse.

Werner's defense on Thursday included a senior staffer at Lidl's beer bottling plant who insisted that the company follows strict quality procedures.

The customer has already received 30,000 euros (38,500 dollars) in compensation.

AFP/Expatica

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