A TESCO customer has posted stomach-churning footage of what appear to be weevils swarming out of her porridge oats.
The tiny beetles can be seen writhing in the oats and making their way up the side of a white bowl.
Rachel Carter, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, posted the 20-second clip to Tesco’s facebook page yesterday (SUN) after her grandmother spotted the critters just before she poured milk on her breakfast.
The clip starts by focussing on the bowl of oats but as the camera comes into focus the bugs can be seen leaping across and trying to climb the sides.
Around 10 beetles can be seen trying to make their escape from the bowl, while more of the insects can be seen scurrying underneath the Tesco’s own brand Easy Oats cost £1 for 10 sachets.
Rachel took to Tesco’s facebook page to complain on her grandmother’s behalf.
She posted the clip with the caption: “Hello Tesco! This morning my Nan opened a sachet of your Easy Oats, the Chunky Oat and Barley variety. As she was about to pour the milk on, we found these nasty little critters crawling from out of the oats.
“It’s safe to say they’ve put my Nan off eating any type of oat ever again! Can you please give us an explanation as to why my Nan had the cast of A Bug’s Life in her breakfast today? Thanks!”
A Spokesman for Tesco replied: “Hi Rachel, Thanks for getting in touch. I’m so sorry that your Nan’s oats had some critters in it. I understand your concern as I’d feel the same way.
“Could you please return the oats & packaging to the customer service desk in your nearest Tesco Extra, Metro or Superstore so that we’re able to get this sent off for investigation with our specialist team?”
Social media users were quick to comment on the post.
Tanya-Louise Gowar said: “Oh my, they are ghastly little things! Horrible.”
Maria Del Greco commented: “Oh my god. That takes the biscuit.”
Shelby Wills added: “Oh my god.”
While Dom Robinson joked: “Every little helps….”
A Tesco spokeswoman said: “We are sorry to hear about this incident and have asked Rachel to return the product to one of our stores so we can investigate further. We have robust food quality processes in place and take great care preparing our products.”