AN ANDOVER gran and her heavily pregnant daughter were showered with maggots in Asda when they reached for an item from the top shelf.

Coleen Coombs, of The Drove, was picking up pet food in the supermarket’s Andover branch earlier this month when maggots began raining down on her and her family.

She watched in disgust as the bugs crawled out of the packaging and even into the clothing of her eight months pregnant daughter Jasmin – who was later taken to the store’s first aid area to be cleaned down.

Miss Coombs claims that she witnessed a member of staff pick up a bug before commenting that “it happens a lot”.

She was offered 50 per cent off her cat food bill, bringing it down by £4, while the store also waived her daughter’s shopping, worth about £15.

But Miss Coombs was disappointed with the offer so later returned to the store to speak to a manager, who informed her that as she had accepted the discount they could not help her further.

She said: “We needed pet food so my daughter reached to the top shelf to grab it and as she did maggots fell out of the package.

“They went all down my daughter’s arm and into her clothes and some landed near my oneyear- old granddaughter.

“When I got home I had a look on the Internet and there were loads of stories about it. I’m not worried about getting money back – I just want to point out that this is going on because I don’t think it’s right.

“Personally I think it’s disgusting, absolutely disgusting.”

Asked if she would shop in Asda again, Miss Coombes said: “I’m in two minds because it was animal food at the end of the day, but it certainly has made me doubt buying my food there in future.

“If it can be allowed to happen in the pet food it makes me wonder how well they look after the other products.”

A spokesman for Asda said: “We’re sorry for any upset caused to Miss Coombs and her family.

“We’re currently investigating and we’ll be in touch with Miss Coombs shortly.”


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