A Coles customer ready to tuck into a bag of baby spinach has received an unpleasant surprise after finding a series of mysterious bug eggs stuck to the leaves.
The Sydney woman said she bought what she believed to be “prewashed and ready to eat fresh greens” – she quickly found out otherwise.
“Can someone please tell me what this is?” she asked the supermarket giant in a Facebook post.
University of Queensland entomologist Kathy Ebert told Yahoo7 News the eggs were like to be those of noctuid moths, which are prone to laying eggs on spinach.
Although not ideal, Ms Ebert said they wasn’t necessarily any health risk associated with consuming them.
A Coles spokesperson responded to the customer saying they have “strict quality controls in place” to prevent such incidents taking place.
When asked by Yahoo7 News if they were able to explain what the eggs were, a Coles spokesperson responded the following:
“Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously and has contacted the customer to follow up their complaint,” the statement read.
“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.”