A woman who was enjoying a fresh carrot and sweetcorn salad from Asda was disgusted to find body parts belonging to a dead baby weasel mixed in it. Rifat Asghar, who works as a nurse, had already taken a few bites of her lunch when a colleague pointed out a furry lump sticking out. As Ms Asghar had a closer look through she found a leg and a tail, as well as what looked like an eye. 42-year-old Ms Asghar took the lunch straight back to the supermarket in Bradford, Yorkshire, where she was offered a £5 refund.
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An investigation later revealed the ‘foreign object’ was in fact a baby weasel and staff offered Ms Asghar £100 in vouchers, which she turned down.
An email from a team leader at the store said: “The specimen was very badly damaged, showing some skin, fur, a leg joint, a foot and tail.
It was concluded that the complaint specimen was most likely the remains of a young member of the species Mustela nivalis, the weasel.”
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Bosses claim the furry animal must have been picked up in a field during harvesting and passed through the entire factory without being spotted.
But Ms Asghar said she has been left traumatised by the experience and now has to spend extra time and money preparing her food.
She said: "It has caused me a lot of trauma. I initially thought it was a mouse, and for about a week afterwards I had weird dreams about mice coming out my mouth.
They say it was in there from when it was harvested. What happened to all the checks done after that happened?
If something like that can go through all their processes and checks it worries me.
"I has completely changed the way I shop now and I can’t buy any prepared food any more. I’m having to make it all myself. It was so traumatising.”
A spokeswoman for Asda apologise to Ms Rifat, adding: “We would like to reassure our customers that we have strict quality control measures in place for our fresh produce, and since this incident arose in November last year, we have worked with our suppliers and growers to assess these measures and to understand how this could have happened.
We have also apologised directly and offered a gesture of goodwill to both Ms Asghar as well as as well as her colleague, who originally purchased the product.”