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Maggots in OXO cube

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
BARF

Literally made me sick

Was cooking a shepherds pie at the weekend and well.....

I am never buying them again.

And a quick google tells me I am not the only one
With love, POSR <3
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  • DigForVictoryDigForVictory Forumite
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    Miword they must be amazingly resistant to salt.

    I had thought the oxo production would be in a relatively infestation free environment, but live & learn.
  • FosterdogFosterdog Forumite
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    A quick google shows that there was a single incident back in 2014 and one other single incident in 2018 and neither say how long ago the cubes had been bought nor how they were stored. The egg stage only lasts a few hours to 48 hours (depending on species and temperature) maggot stage only last a few days to 2 weeks before then becoming an adult fly (or beetle in the case of a mealworm) so unless you've only bought the cubes in the last day or so then whatever laid the eggs has done so since being in your house and equally likely to be the case for the other reports.

    I doubt something as long lasting as stock cubes go from manufacture, to distribution, to the shop store room, then to the shop shelf, then actually bought in a short enough time for it to have happened during manufacture. If they have just been bought then it's more likely to have happened in the shop.
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    I would have thought it would be a very sterile environment

    The shock and horror of finding them, as I was mid way cooking, literally turned my stomach as you can imagine,

    I couldn't get them out of the house fast enough, bag and in the wheelie bin

    I try and contact Premier Foods, the makers, but they want photos, series numbers off the box, and there is no way on earth I am going through the wheelie bin to dig out a box of maggot infested oxo

    The scary thought is, that was not a new box, I have had it in the cupboard for probably three weeks, and used several already.

    Im really upset
    With love, POSR <3
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    edited 18 November 2019 at 5:20PM
    Fosterdog wrote: »
    A quick google shows that there was a single incident back in 2014 and one other single incident in 2018

    That is not a guarantee of those being the only incidents, not everyone will go to the papers with their compo face

    I won't be going to the papers to evidence it, and I wonder how many other people just try and block out this awfulness

    I am wondering how something managed to lay eggs through the sealed foil
    With love, POSR <3
  • elsienelsien Forumite
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    I'd freak at seeing a maggot as well.
    However, the cooking process is likely to have killed off anything nasty and according to I'm a celebrity they are a good source of protein...…….
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
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    elsien wrote: »
    I'd freak at seeing a maggot as well.
    However, the cooking process is likely to have killed off anything nasty and according to I'm a celebrity they are a good source of protein...…….

    hahaha like one of those trials on 'I am a celebrity get me out of here'

    I have always used oxo all my life, but cannot stomach buying them now

    anyone know of similar alternatives?
    With love, POSR <3
  • FosterdogFosterdog Forumite
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    The scary thought is, that was not a new box, I have had it in the cupboard for probably three weeks, and used several already.

    In that case there's no way the infestation happened during manufacture, it would be 99% probability that it has happened in the three weeks you've had them and a very slim chance it happened in the shop you bought them from, unless of course the maggots you found were dead then it could have happened at any time but if live then they simply don't stay at the maggot stage long enough for it to even be a physical possibility of it happening before you bought them.

    That is not a guarantee of those being the only incidents, not everyone will go to the papers with their compo face

    I won't be going to the papers to evidence it, and I wonder how many other people just try and block out this awfulness

    People don't have to go to the papers, a search for oxo and maggots doesn't just bring up news articles, it also brings up your forum post, and would also bring up other forum posts if anyone had posted anything (not just on here but any forum), and it would bring up any reviews with a mention of it, or any social media mention of it, literally just three mentions on the entire internet and yours is one of them. I can't believe for a second with the way the Internet is today that nobody else has even thought to mention it online anywhere.
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    savemoney wrote: »

    Those are maggot like grubs and look tiny.
  • pickledonionspaceraiderpickledonionspaceraider Forumite
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    Fosterdog wrote: »
    In that case there's no way the infestation happened during manufacture, it would be 99% probability that it has happened in the three weeks you've had them and a very slim chance it happened in the shop you bought them from, unless of course the maggots you found were dead then it could have happened at any time but if live then they simply don't stay at the maggot stage long enough for it to even be a physical possibility of it happening before you bought them.




    People don't have to go to the papers, a search for oxo and maggots doesn't just bring up news articles, it also brings up your forum post, and would also bring up other forum posts if anyone had posted anything (not just on here but any forum), and it would bring up any reviews with a mention of it, or any social media mention of it, literally just three mentions on the entire internet and yours is one of them. I can't believe for a second with the way the Internet is today that nobody else has even thought to mention it online anywhere.



    The packs were sealed - nothing could have got in there to lay eggs, after production
    With love, POSR <3
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