New Malden family finds maggots in breakfast

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A family were left physically sick and disgusted when they discovered maggots in their full English breakfast.

When mum Georgina Smith, 38, stocked up on tinned tomatoes from Tesco Extra in Beverley Way, New Malden over the Christmas period, she did not expect to find a little grub tucked in her fried brekkie.

But the mother-of-three who sat down for a leisurely Sunday meal on January 5 including eggs, bacon and grilled tomatoes got off lightly .

Her partner Jim Stoakes, 39, who works as an engineer for Bosch, was not so lucky. Miss Smith, of Claremont Avenue, said: “Jim had demolished his breakfast. I sat down and picked the tomato up to my fork. I pressed down and that thing sort of popped out. It oozed out.

“It was just absolutely disgusting. I was violently sick immediately.

“Jim did not look right an hour after – he was sick and had stomach cramps and diarrhoea. He was in bed for three days. He was really, really poorly.

“We as a family have steered clear of anything tomato based – bolognaise, lasagne. None of my lot fancy it.”

The London Pumps employee said it was just as well her three children James, 20, Ben, 18 and Hannah, 16, had never been fond of tomatoes.

She said: “The children did have breakfast but none of my lot like tomatoes and they definitely won’t now. We have not stepped foot in a Tesco since. We have not had an apology from the store.

“We went to Asda for our weekly shopping this week. It was certainly a lot cheaper.”

A spokeswoman for Tesco said: “We set ourselves very high standards for the safety and quality of our food. We’ve given Mrs Stokes a full refund and will be looking into the matter.”

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12:01pm Sun 19 Jan 14

justbeinghonest says...

What is it with the nation hunting for a claim up.
What is it with the nation hunting for a claim up. justbeinghonest

4:54pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Mind the gap says...

'Claim up' I would be after as much as possible from Tesco and would not settle for just a refund.
'Claim up' I would be after as much as possible from Tesco and would not settle for just a refund. Mind the gap

6:09pm Sun 19 Jan 14

fedupwithnonsense says...

Mealworm not maggot. Likely there was only one. Wouldn't make you I'll for 3 days if you ate one. Complete load of bull or all in his head. I suspect compensation is at the heart of this non story.
Mealworm not maggot. Likely there was only one. Wouldn't make you I'll for 3 days if you ate one. Complete load of bull or all in his head. I suspect compensation is at the heart of this non story. fedupwithnonsense

10:39pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Tammy Flugh says...

No sadface photo?
No sadface photo? Tammy Flugh

9:42am Mon 20 Jan 14

robmorleyuk says...

Definitely appears to be a mature mealworm, often used for feeding pets and livestock. Also for pranks, celebrity TV and special effects.
Baked or fried they are fit for human consumption.
You will also find them used as bait for fishing and kept in tupperware containers for this purpose, as shown in the photo.
Definitely appears to be a mature mealworm, often used for feeding pets and livestock. Also for pranks, celebrity TV and special effects. Baked or fried they are fit for human consumption. You will also find them used as bait for fishing and kept in tupperware containers for this purpose, as shown in the photo. robmorleyuk

1:33pm Mon 20 Jan 14

kingstonpaul says...

Dunno about everyone else reading these comments, but to the right had side, there's a banner advertising Tesco! Brilliant.
Dunno about everyone else reading these comments, but to the right had side, there's a banner advertising Tesco! Brilliant. kingstonpaul

2:45am Tue 21 Jan 14

The_Somnambulist says...

Tammy Flugh wrote:
No sadface photo?
While holding up the plate and/or tin, inset: pic of of Jim in bed with a green pallor to his face!
[quote][p][bold]Tammy Flugh[/bold] wrote: No sadface photo?[/p][/quote]While holding up the plate and/or tin, inset: pic of of Jim in bed with a green pallor to his face! The_Somnambulist

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