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Hoax – Albany Bread Poisoned by Staff

by Brett M. Christensen


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.


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 Hoax Warning

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 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.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,