A woman claims she discovered a “monster” inside her fresh strawberry purchased from Coles.
On Thursday, the woman posted an image of what appears to be an earwig crawling on the berry to the supermarket chain’s Facebook.
“I just wanted to know what in god’s name this is,” she said.
“Biting into a strawberry that I purchased from Coles Five Dock [in Sydney] you can imagine how horrified I am to see this MONSTER climbing around in the strawberry! PLEASE EXPLAIN!”
Commenters were quick to point out the insect is an earwig, which like to hide in small, moist crevices.
“Horrified? Really....it's happens to fruit & veggies. Farmers/Coles can't cut up every strawberry,” one man said.
“Earwig is a very common bug, shows that your strawbs have not had a chemical sprayed over them which is great,” another said.
“Wow, we sound a bit precious don't we. I grow strawberries and it sometimes happens with mine,” a third chimed in.
Coles responded to the woman’s post, asking if she could provide the barcode number and any batch details.
“We're really concerned to hear about your unpleasant discovery…we have strict quality controls to ensure that this doesn't occur,” they said.
Yahoo News Australia has contacted Coles for comment.
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