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Old 04 January 2009, 04:28 AM
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Mouse Rats love mustard

Comment: Back in 1998 when my husband and I first were able to log on to
the internet and receive our first email one of the first things we ever
heard was about how rats are so attracted to mustard that the FDA has to
allow for a certain amount of "rat" in mustard because they get into the
processing vats.

I dismissed this as baloney but I found out a couple days ago that my
husband still believes this myth. I tried to find evidence to support that
this is a myth but could not so now my husband feels this justifies that
this is the truth. Please help me put an end to this stupid argument
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Old 04 January 2009, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by snopes View Post
I dismissed this as baloney
Did you know that baloney is 10% toenail clippings?
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Old 04 January 2009, 07:53 PM
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Now, I could believe that rats are attracted to mustard and that it's therefore a good bait to use on a trap - but the idea that the FDA, or any other regulatory body, would simply accept random things going into food simply because they like it is utterly ludicrous.

The things that people will believe...
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Old 05 January 2009, 05:34 PM
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After a very *scientific* study involving my two rats, Rocky and Allie, I can definitively say rats prefer chocolate, peanut butter and ice cream to mustard.
This intensive study used standard yellow mustard, and it's findings should not be generalized to gourmet mustards such as Grey Poupon.
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Old 05 January 2009, 05:58 PM
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My rats don't like anything with a strong taste or smell. Custard, on the other hand, is a favourite, as is anything with vanilla in it.
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