Mum left in horror after finding ‘maggots’ in Tesco pasta sauce

Rosina James noticed something was wrong when she poured the sauce into a pan (Image: BNPS)

A mother has been left furious after claiming to have found maggots in a jar of Tesco Bolognese sauce.

Rosina James bought two jars of the sauce from a Tesco Extra in Poole, Dorset in November.

She opened one on Monday when she was making dinner for the family.

But Rosina, from Wareham, noticed something was wrong and took a photo of the food.

She said: ‘I poured a small amount into a saucepan and I saw something and thought “what is that?”

“I had recently seen pictures of someone seeing maggots in their baked beans and thought it looked a bit similar, I wasn’t so sure. I put the sauce aside and put it on Facebook and asked people what it is.

“I asked Tesco on social media but they didn’t get back to me. I obviously decided not to eat it.

One of Rosina’s friends suggested removing the strange object to “wipe it off” before further inspection.

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Image: BNPS A woman who bought a jar of Tesco pasta sauce fell ill after finding 'maggots' inside.  Rosina James, from Poole, Dorset, needed a quick cup of tea and opened the ready-to-eat bolognese sauce.  She got as far as pouring out the mixture before she noticed what looked like seven dead caterpillars in her saucepan.  A horrified Mrs James threw the glass away and gave her children plain pasta for tea.

Rosina took to Facebook to get advice about what she had found in the sauce (Image: BNPS)

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Image: BNPS A woman who bought a jar of Tesco pasta sauce fell ill after finding 'maggots' inside.  Rosina James, from Poole, Dorset, needed a quick cup of tea and opened the ready-to-eat bolognese sauce.  She got as far as pouring out the mixture before she noticed what looked like seven dead caterpillars in her saucepan.  A horrified Mrs James threw the glass away and gave her children plain pasta for tea.

She then contacted Tesco for an explanation (Image: BNPS)

She then took a series of photos – claiming they show the tomato-coloured objects to be several deceased larvae.

Rosina continued, “They’re dead in the glass, but that really scares you off your food, doesn’t it. I have asked Tesco to recall it, I don’t want compensation, I am asking that they make sure no one’s children eat it.

“We may already be eating this, but once we know it’s there, let’s not give it to people.”

After Mrs James posted her ordeal on Facebook, another woman reported having the same problem.

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Image: BNPS A woman who bought a jar of Tesco pasta sauce fell ill after finding 'maggots' inside.  Rosina James, from Poole, Dorset, needed a quick cup of tea and opened the ready-to-eat bolognese sauce.  She got as far as pouring out the mixture before she noticed what looked like seven dead caterpillars in her saucepan.  A horrified Mrs James threw the glass away and gave her children plain pasta for tea.

The horrified mum threw away the glass and gave her children regular pasta for tea (Image: BNPS)

Responding to the caterpillar claims, a Tesco spokesperson said: “We were very sorry to hear this and have been in contact with the customer to apologise.

“The health and safety of our customers is our first priority, and we are investigating this as a priority with our supplier.

“We have strict hygiene standards in place for all our manufacturers and will be in contact with the customer once our investigation is complete.”

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council are also investigating the complaint.

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