A mum claims she found the decapitated head of a creature in Asda baby food while feeding her one-year-old son.
Macala Large had returned from a day out with baby Arthur Smith when she grabbed him a ready meal from the cupboard for his dinner.
After feeding almost the whole jar to Arthur, Macala, 26, said she noticed what was thought to be a bit of dried mushroom at the bottom of the container.
However she claims she soon spotted it had ‘eyes’ – prompting her to fear that her child had eaten the rest of the grotesque ‘creature’.
Horrifying images show what appears to be an orange-brown head with two large, black and bulbous eyes.
The ‘furious’ shop assistant marched straight back to the Asda Norwich Superstore where she says staff said that as it’s ‘an animal or creature’ it would be immediately sent away for investigation.
However Macala claims the chain have failed to provide any answers in the two months since she reported the grim discovery on September 14, prompting her to now speak out.
Macala shared her ordeal on Facebook where it amassed more than 1,000 comments, with speculation that the head could belong to a fish, frog, snake, newt or even lizard.
She believes the product Asda Little Angels Organic Pasta with Chicken and Mushroom should be taken off the shelves during the investigation as she fears it could put ‘lives at risk’.
Macala, of North Walsham, Norfolk, said: “I was disgusted – so many things have gone through my mind – it made me feel sick thinking what it could be.
“I was lucky that I was feeding him that particular time as it was at the bottom and he ate the whole thing before I actually found it – he had about two mouthfuls left.
“It was hard so I thought it was a dried bit of mushroom – until we cleaned it and saw its eyes.
“I was poking it for a little while – I said what is this? My partner looked at it and said ‘it’s the head of something’.
“It looked like it had been broken up – my immediate thought was ‘omg has he eaten the rest without me realising?’.”
Macala claims that as the food came in a plastic container with a sealed lid that was only peeled off right as she served it, there was ‘literally no way’ that anything could have got in it while in her possession.
‘Furious’ at her discovery, the first-time mum called Asda’s customer service line who advised her to take the object to her nearest store for it to be sent away for investigation.
Macala said: “I got my little boy’s shoes and coat on there and then and said to my partner we’re going to Asda now.
“The staff thought it was disgusting and were really shocked – they couldn’t believe that it was actually in baby food.
“The employee said that because it’s actually in baby food, and it’s not just a foreign object – it’s an animal or creature of some description, that they get prioritised.
“They apologised and said how bad it was and that the sooner they get it sent off – the sooner they’ll come back as to what it was.
“They took it off me so they can do an investigation – it was logged on a computer so they could send it away the same night and it would be received the next day.”
Macala claims she was told by Asda that they take ‘matters like this very seriously – especially in baby food’.
But the 26-year-old said she was ‘disappointed’ when a letter arrived in the post the next day informing her that they’d aim to let her know the outcome within 40 working days.
Macala said: “Forty working days isn’t taking it seriously – and I wanted to know what was in my baby’s food.
“At that point I was very angry – that’s a long time to leave baby food on the shelf for somebody else to buy in case it does contain another one of these, or it does contain the rest of it.
“It’s way too long to leave something on the shelves that they don’t know what it is – especially when it could put somebody’s life at risk.
“If a child did have an allergy to what it was, they wouldn’t be as lucky as my son – and I didn’t want that for any parent.
“I’m literally checking everything that comes through the door and whatever I buy and feeding to Arthur – it’s horrible.”
Upon receiving the letter Macala claims she called Asda but was advised that they ‘can’t do anything to speed it up’ and it will take up to that period of time for a response.
Macala said: “I called them a couple of weeks later to see if they had an update – the person I spoke to got quite snotty with me and said they’re taking up to 40 working days and can’t give me any more answers and need to wait until they hear from their team.
“After the letter they haven’t got in contact with me whatsoever – I’ve been the one who’s ringing them up and chasing them constantly.
“I called them again and they said that they’ll get somebody to call me back – they didn’t have the decency to call me back, they just sent me an e-mail saying sorry we’re still investigating we’ll keep you updated.
“This has made me feel disappointed and sad – it’s a massive supermarket and for them not to do something is disgusting.
“I’ve got so many questions – where’s the rest of it? How did it get in there? Is it cross-contamination?”
A frustrated Macala turned to Facebook to raise awareness among other parents and her post has received over 2,974 likes, comments and shares – and a lot of speculation over what it could be.
Macala said: “I have no idea what it is, that’s why I want to know – some people have said it looks like a newt’s head.”
One commenter said: “I thought fish, frog, but it does quite look like a little snake head or lizard.”
Another added: “To me this looks like an undeveloped frog tadpole.”
A third commented: “Pretty sure that’s some type of reptile, not a fish as I don’t know any common fish with eyes that stick out that far.”
One remarked: “Looks like a fish head.”
Another added: “Looks like a baby snake’s head.”
An Asda spokesperson said: “We investigate complaints about our Little Angels products with the utmost importance, and whilst the process can take some time we hope that this reassures our customers that we are conducting an in-depth investigation.
“In cases like this, that process involves looking at the manufacturing process and where foreign objects could find their way into a product – from field to fork.
“We are very sorry for any distress this complaint has caused Macala but would reassure all our Little Angels customers that have not received any other complaints of this nature and we are continuing to investigate with our supplier.”