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Anger at maggot in yoghurt

PUBLISHED: 05:23 29 January 2002 | UPDATED: 15:24 03 March 2010

ORGANIC food took on a whole new meaning when an Ipswich woman found a MAGGOT in her healthy yoghurt.

Shelly Saggers from Gladstone Road, Ipswich said she was disgusted when she got to the end of her virtually fat free organic strawberry yoghurt, made by Yeo Valley, and bit into something hard.

ORGANIC food took on a whole new meaning when an Ipswich woman found a MAGGOT in her healthy yoghurt.

Shelly Saggers from Gladstone Road, Ipswich said she was disgusted when she got to the end of her virtually fat free organic strawberry yoghurt, made by Yeo Valley, and bit into something hard.

Her stomach turned and she was almost sick when she spat out the yoghurt only to find the, thankfully, dead maggot.

The 27-year-old said: "It was a bit too organic for my liking.

"I had almost finished the yoghurt when I bit into something hard, about half an inch long.

"I spat the yoghurt out and had to look really close to see what it was.

"I felt physically ill when I realised."

Mrs Saggers had bought the individual cartons of the yoghurt from Sainsbury's Warren Heath store on Tuesday. .

Normally she said she is not a great fan of yoghurts but decided to buy them as part of a post-Christmas health kick.

The incident with the maggot has put her and her two children, Stephan, aged seven and Francesca, aged four, off eating yoghurts for life.

She said: "The children were absolutely shocked, they just could not believe it.

"I was not actually sick but I thought I might have to make myself because I felt that bad.

"Everything I have eaten since then I have had to check really closely to see what is in it."

As soon as she saw the maggot, Mrs Saggers' husband Shane, phoned the Warren Heath store to let them know as well as getting in touch with the Yeo Valley company.

Staff at Sainsbury apologised and told them to take in the offending maggot and yoghurt to be sent away for testing.

They also gave her a £10 voucher – and a free pack of yoghurts, which she is adamant that she does not want to touch.

She said: "I am keeping on with my health kick but I will certainly be missing out the yoghurt."

Sainsbury has chosen not to comment on the matter.

A spokesman for Yeo Valley in Canningford, Somerset promised if the yoghurt was returned a full investigation would be carried out. He said: "We are mortified. We would like to speak to the lady to get the product returned.

"We pride ourselves on making the finest yoghurts. Anything like this is appalling for us. We are extremely surprised anything like this can happen."

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