'The smell hit us': Sickening problem inside Coles rice

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A couple were left gagging this week after opening two bags of instant rice to discover a foul-smelling substance inside.

The putrid smell emerged just as the two Coles branded pouches of long grain rice were torn open ahead of being placed in the microwave.

The source of the horrific smell was uncovered when the Queensland pair took a peek inside the pouches to find the rice in both bags had clumped into chunks of mould.

Front of Coles shop.
The shopper bought the rotten pouches from a Coles in Queensland. Source: Getty Images

“Opened to pop in the microwave and the smell hit us first,” the Coles customer wrote to the supermarket’s Facebook page.

They added that both bags were “full of mould” despite being well within their used by dates.

Rice inside one of the bags had taken on an unsightly black colour, while the other appeared to be an aggressive shade of brown.

Another shopper claimed they too had experienced discoloured and smelly rice also from the Coles brand.

Coles rice pouches with clumps of mould inside.
This was the source of the foul smell that escaped the bags when they were opened. Source: Facebook

“I had the same issue in the past with Coles brand instant brown rice,” she wrote in a comment.

A spokesperson for the supermarket said the supplier would be informed about the issue.

“Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously. We have spoken to the customer and will notify the supplier,” they told Yahoo News Australia.

“As always we encourage customers to return any item they’re not 100% happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.”

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