The ‘B’ in BLT is not supposed to stand for “beetles” after one disgusted mum who bought a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich at Sainsbury's got a very unpleasant six-legged surprise.
Natalie Mudge noticed to her shock that among the crunchy lettuce and juicy slices of bacon were nestling two huge black beetles.
She says that the experience from the sandwich, purchased from a Sainsbury's petrol station in Wantage, Oxfordshire, has made her wary of food and eating “just hasn't been the same since”.
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The former NHS worker explained: "I didn't notice anything when I bought it – to be honest I was a little hungover.
"My friend opened up our BLTs first and suddenly went 'what the hell is this?'.
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"I took a look and it was quite a shock," she added.
"I took them back to Sainsburys and they said they would send it off to be tested.
"I feel like I can’t eat the same way I could before, I don't trust packaged food the same way I used to. Eating just hasn't been the same for me since."
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Natalie says she was given £200 in Sainsburys vouchers as an apology.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We are looking into this customer’s experience.
"Cases like this are extremely rare because we have processes in place to prevent them from happening.”
While Natalie’s experience was a complete accident, it may point the way to the future of food.
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In 2018, Sainsbury’s became the first UK supermarket to stock edible insect products, introducing crickets into 250 stores.
The launch followed a study by Sainsbury’s and Eat Grub that found one in five shoppers could appreciate the advantages of eating edible insects.
“Insect snacks should no longer be seen as a gimmick or something for a dare, and it’s clear that consumers are increasingly keen to explore this new sustainable protein source,” said Sainsbury’s head of future brands Rachel Eyre.
“We’re always looking to provide our customers with new and exciting products, and with the growing interest in edible insects we’re excited to be the first UK supermarket to make these products easily accessible for shoppers across the country.”
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