A mum got a nasty surprise when she bought two sandwiches from Greggs, to have lunch with her son, but found them covered in flies. Grim.
Sue Powell-Reed normally makes her own sandwiche, but decided to splash out and treat her son to lunch. She grabbed two baguettes from the Greggs in Swansea bus station but was horrified to find that the sandwiches were covered in a gross swarm of tiny flies. Probably should have got a steak bake.
Ms Powell-Reed told Wales Online:
It was disgusting it was infested with flies.
She claims she bought the baguettes on November 19th, took them to her office, and gave one to her son Ben who noticed the flies.
He put it back on my desk and said take a look.
That’s when I saw the flies. I don’t know how many were in there, but it was a lot.
I’d say it was a serious health hazard.
Ms Powell-Reed reported the insect incident to Greggs, but claims that the company didn’t bother getting in touch until she put a video up on social media.
I very rarely buy a ready-made sandwich. I usually buy a roll and some ham, cheese and tomato from the supermarket and make my own.
I’d never been into Greggs before and I never will again.
They told me they sold 400 rolls on that day and this was the only complaint. I just wonder if anyone didn’t notice and ate the flies.
A spokesman for Greggs said that they’d carried out an “immediate and thorough” investigation of the complaint and the video posted on Facebook. The bakers claim that, a scheduled hygiene test was carried out by independent consultants in the shop only four days before the alleged incident.
An immediate re-test after the complaint confirmed there are no hygiene issues in any area of the shop or in its procedures.
The company says it was in “constant” contact with the customer and received no other complaints from the shop in the bus station or any other branches that day.
In a written statement, they said:
Nothing is more important to us than hygiene and food safety.
We not only kept in touch with the customer, but carried out immediate and thorough checks which confirm that our products, procedures and shop environment were clean and safe.
To be fair to Greggs, scientists are predicting that we’ll all be eating insects in the future, so maybe they were just testing out some new possible recipes for the years ahead.