An environmental health investigation has been launched after a Northamptonshire mother-of-six found at strange black substance in an Asda sandwich filler.
Brixworth mum Polly Major bought the Asda brand tuna and sweetcorn filling from the Kingsthorpe branch of the supermarket chain earlier this week.
But it was only after her 11-month-old daughter Petal Rainbow and 13-year-old son Austin had taken bites out of sandwiches containing the product on Wednesday, that she realised it contained a number of ‘foreign bodies’.
She said: “It was almost like a piece of plastic bin liner, it was not a creature or a hard object, it was stringy and plastic looking.
“It was kind of like a disintegrated carrier bag.”
Mrs Major said she did not see the black objects when she first opened the packet as they were buried within the filling.
It was only when her son tasted something unusual that they decided to check in his sandwich.
The black objects were found throughout the sandwich filling.
Doctors told her to monitor the children for any symptoms of sickness, but thankfully neither fell ill as a consequence
She said: “I was very concerned because my baby is just being weened at the moment. I was concerned she could have had this object in her mouth.
“Petal Rainbow was born premature so naturally I’m very cautious with what she eats anyway.”
The mum-of-six phoned the Asda head offices afterwards to make a complaint and has taken the offending packet of sandwich filler to Northampton Borough Council’s Environmental Health department at the Guildhall.
The department has sent the product off for testing.
Mrs Major said: “The reason I took it to be checked out is because there was just so much of this black stuff in there. It’s not like it was just one bit.
“I just wanted to warn others who might have bought this product.”
Mrs Major said that she regularly shops in Asda and has never had a problem with the supermarket’s products before.
An Asda spokesperson said: “We are working closely with the local authorities and will be conducting a thorough investigation.”