Shopper found dog food infested with maggots

PUBLISHED: 12:40 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

A WOMAN returned from a shopping trip at a supermarket to find her car boot crawling with maggotS. The source of the problem was a shopping bag that contained a multipack box of Tesco Supreme dog food that Kristy Harmer, 25, bought from the Tesco Broadwat

A WOMAN returned from a shopping trip at a supermarket to find her car boot crawling with maggotS.

The source of the problem was a shopping bag that contained a multipack box of Tesco Supreme dog food that Kristy Harmer, 25, bought from the Tesco Broadwater store in Stevenage, at the weekend.

She said: "I went to my boot to remove the bags from my car and couldn't believe it when I saw the maggots. The multipack carton of dog food was infested with them, I couldn't even see the individual sachets of food inside.

"You couldn't hold the bag without being sick. All my other shopping was contaminated.

"When I went back to the store with the bag of dog food and maggots a member of staff laughed in my face.

"They seemed to have no hygienic knowledge and dumped the bag behind the customer service desk. It's put me off visiting the store ever again!"

Tesco has refunded Miss Harmer for her shopping and has offered to pay for her car to be valeted.

A Tesco spokesman said: "We are sorry for what must have been a distressing situation.

"The store manager investigated the incident because it is clearly unacceptable for a member of staff to act in this manner. However, on investigation, it was determined that the staff member in question was dealing with a very difficult situation and may have laughed in a nervous way. It was most certainly not at the customer.

"In terms of hygiene, this is a priority and the items were removed immediately from the customer service area.

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