A Coles shopper got a nasty surprise when she arrived home from the supermarket and took a closer look at her groceries.
Something unexpected caught her eye on the edge of a cut of Australian rump steak packaged in a sealed plastic container.
The steak, which cost $10.22, appeared to have a peculiar dark green mass on its side.
The shopper brought the matter to the supermarket’s attention in a post to its Facebook page on Tuesday.
“Just wondering if you can tell me what this mass is in my rump steak?,” she wrote.
The customer said she purchased the meat, with an August 8 best before date, from Coles in Springvale, southeast of Melbourne, on Tuesday evening.
There were several comments on the Facebook post expressing disgust at the photo.
“That should have been picked up before vacuum sealing,” one person wrote
Another person quoted Arnold Schwarzenegger from his hit movie Kindergarten Cop, saying: “it’s not a tumour”.
A supermarket spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the customer would be compensated for the inconvenience.
“We take product quality very seriously and we’re disappointed to hear about this customer’s unpleasant experience,” they said in a statement.
“Our team is investigating with our supplier and we will be issuing the customer with a voucher.”
Supermarkets subject to strict coronavirus new rules
Springvale is one of several areas subject to harsh Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions for at least the next six weeks, requiring supermarkets to close their doors to customers at 7.45pm.
The last customers at Coles, Woolworths and ALDI in Melbourne will be allowed in at 7.30pm every night to ensure the supermarkets comply with an 8pm curfew.
Essential stores such as supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops and pharmacies will remain open throughout the six-week, Stage 4 period.
Under the new restrictions, residents of metropolitan Melbourne must follow an 8pm-5am curfew and can't travel more than five kilometres from home for shopping or exercise.
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