Mum left 'gagging' after finding 'hundreds of tiny fish eggs' inside son's fish fingers
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A mum was left absolutely disgusted to the point of ‘gagging’ after she discovered what looked like a load of fish eggs in some Asda fish fingers.
WARNING – if you’ve got a nasty case of trypophobia or are generally of a squeamish disposition, this might be far enough for you.
That warning should probably extend to people who like fish fingers as well, because some of this might put you off.
Of course, people do actually eat fish eggs, and in fact some people pay a load of money to do just that when buying caviar, but it’s hardly what you’d want to see when you’re just after a classic fish finger sandwich.
The 25-year-old immediately thought something was up when she cut into the finger to check it was cooked.
When doing so, she noticed there were ‘small balls’ inside it, instead of the ‘minced Alaska pollock’ fish it was purported to contain.
The box of fish fingers cost 75p for 10 fingers, but this one contained ‘hundreds’ of white balls inside it, wrapped up in breadcrumbs.
Just before she gave it to her son Leland, she spotted the unusual piece of food, immediately sharing it on Facebook to warn others, writing that it was ‘full of fish eggs’.
Asda has said that while there is a process to avoid roe – fish eggs, to you and me – getting into products, there's always a small risk.
The chain also apologised to Chelsea and confirmed it had no ‘similar’ complaints.
Chelsea said: "When I saw the eggs I felt sick looking at them. I gagged.
"When I take things out of the air fryer I cut them to make sure they're fully cooked.
“When I did I could see the balls.
"There weren't any fish in there. It was just full of eggs. The casing was hiding them all.
"When I chopped another one in half it was alright but I threw them all in the bin. It's put me off buying fish from there.
"Leland loves fish fingers but I'm too scared to give him them now.
“My boyfriend has said make sure you don't give him fish fingers ever again.
"I'm glad I checked and I'd encourage other parents to check too. That's why I put it on Facebook."
Chelsea bought the fish fingers near her home in Middlesbrough, heading back afterwards to complain.
She was given a £5 voucher, but refused another box of fish fingers.
Then, she made an email complaint to the supermarket.
A spokesperson for Asda said: "Unfortunately the nature of using fish means that there is always a small risk of roe making its way into the final product.
"We have processes in place throughout the supply chain from catch to processing, including avoiding times of the year when this is more likely occur and we have received no similar complaints about this issue.
"We understand that Ms. Freer has taken the product back into store and has received a full refund as well as a gesture of goodwill, and we apologise again for any inconvenience this may have caused her."
LADbible has contacted Asda for further comment.