Tesco apologises after student finds dead maggot in bag of nuts
Marice Barnes claims she made the gruesome find just hours after buying the own-brand pistachios from her local store in Sale
A mum found a dead maggot in a bag of nuts she bought from Tesco.
Marice Barnes, 20, claims she made the gruesome find just hours after buying the own-brand pistachios from her local store in Sale .
Relaxing on the sofa when she returned home, Marice opened the bag and found the maggot.
To make matters worse, it appeared the maggot had munched its way through half the nut before dying – hollowing out its own tiny tomb.
Marice, a student and mum-of-one, from Heywood Grove, Sale, said: “I was on the phone to my friend and I started eating them and then I thought ‘this one looks a bit funny’ and I pulled out a little thing and then realised it was a maggot.
“It had eaten half the nut and then died inside it.
“It turned my stomach, it was disgusting. I’ll never eat pistachios again, it wrecked my Easter.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to eat a chocolate egg now.”
When Marice called Tesco customer services, she was told to take the nuts – which had an expiry of September 9 – back to get her £1.99 refunded.
But she said: “I can’t believe that’s all they said. It’s disgusting.
“Imagine if I’d eaten it? What then?
“It makes me sick just thinking about it. They need to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
“The way they reacted they just didn’t seem to care.”
A Tesco spokeswoman said: ‘We set ourselves very high standards for the safety and quality of our food. Our Customer Service Team have apologised to the customer and advised them to return the product to the store so we can investigate. We will keep them updated with our findings’.
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