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Worms found in cereal

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, February 21, 2013

BREAKFAST turned into a nightmare for a family of three in Lautoka when they discovered insects in a 1.3 kilogram packet of cereal on Sunday morning.

Avinesh Kumar of Wairabetia was baffled when he saw small worm-like insects floating at the top of his bowl of cereal after he poured in milk.

"I was really surprised to find these insects floating around in the bowl," he said.

Mr Kumar said the family had been using the infested wheat since Friday.

"We bought it from a supermarket last Thursday. My wife was the first to suspect that something was off when she ate it on Friday morning," he said.

"But I told her that it was impossible because we had just bought it and the expiry date of the cereal was months away."

Mr Kumar said something needed to be done to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

"When I went to the supermarket to tell them about it, they told me that they could replace it but I refused their offer because the damage had already been done."

Mr Kumar said he had lodged a complaint with the Consumer Council and the Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, health inspectors from the Lautoka City Council and the Ministry of Health have confirmed visiting the supermarket.

LCC chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said the council was working closely with the Health Ministry and the Consumer Council of Fiji in its investigations.