A shocked dad says he has been put off lettuce after serving up some salad on his five year old daughter’s plate and managing to stop her eating it in time after spotting a worm.
Reece Opie bought an iceberg lettuce from Iceland in Sidwell Street, Exeter, on Friday, and cut off a chunk as part of his daughter’s tea that evening.
However, they both got an unexpected added extra ingredient when a worm was seen wriggling on one of the leaves.
Reece, 22, of Whipton, Exeter, has now learnt to never chance not washing a lettuce again after the finding another worm in the remaining lettuce he had not prepared, as well as ‘black bits that looked like poo’.
He recalled: “My daughter had started cutting up her food when I saw there was a worm on her plate. Luckily she didn’t eat it.
“I rang the Iceland shop in Exeter and the man I spoke to said he had a child and they would have found it funny. I said I didn’t think it was funny. I was told they couldn’t check every lettuce and as it was grown in the ground what did I expect?
“I thought they would have been understanding and a bit more apologetic. It seemed like they didn’t care at all and it was okay for it to be in my food.
“I didn’t wash it; I just cut it and put it on the plate. I have gone for lettuce for a while now!”
A spokesperson for Iceland said: “Lettuce is a natural product and clearly it should always be washed before use.
“That said, our customer care team would like to apologise to this customer for their experience and to offer them an appropriate gesture of goodwill.”