Pregnant woman sickened by 'gross' item baked into Coles scroll

A Coles customer has posted her disgust on social media after finding a blue Band-Aid in the middle of a Vegemite scroll.

Ashleigh Brown said she bought the Coles brand Cheesy Vegemite Scroll from the World Square store in Sydney CBD on Thursday morning, because she wrote that being 16-weeks pregnant meant she was limited with food.

“It’s the only thing I can stomach on the way to work,” she wrote.

Ms Brown said she had eaten half of the pastry before finding the “really gross” discovery.

“I’ve got through half of it and found a band aid baked into the middle of it,” she wrote, along with three images of the contaminated food.

The bright blue Band-Aid a Coles customer found baked into her usual breakfast scroll. Source: Ashley Brown

Ms Brown wrote that while she understood “accidents happen” she felt it was “unacceptable” and suggested food handling practices be more closely monitored.

“I’m sure whoever had the injury should have had gloves on to ensure this didn’t happen,” she wrote.

Coles responds

Coles responded to Ms Brown via private messenger and said they understood the experience would not have been a pleasant one.

“We’ll ensure your feedback is shared with our National Quality Team and we hope that you notice an improvement moving forward,” a Coles spokesperson wrote.

The supermarket then invited the customer to “return the product, empty packaging or their recipes for a refund or replacement.”

Despite the offer, Ms Brown said she is definitely not interested in a replacement.

The customer purchased the scroll from Coles in World Square, Sydney CBD. Source: AAP/Ashley Brown

“I don't think I'll be able to stomach another one for quite a long time. If ever!” she told Yahoo News.

After struggling to become pregnant with her second child, Ms Brown said she didn’t take any chances with food and thought goods purchased from Coles would be safe.

“I've not been taking any chances with foods and thought it would be safe as it was from a well known supermarket,” she said.

The mother-to-be also told Yahoo that she doesn’t think the response from supermarket giant is good enough.

“I think the response is very basic and standard despite the seriousness of it all,” she said.

A Coles spokesperson told Yahoo that the supermarket “takes the quality of all our products seriously” and was investigating the matter with the customer.

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