Mum finds worm in can when serving tea

Debbie Petty and son Leighton Cleary of Hedlet Terrace, South Hetton, who found a worn in a can of tomatoes.
Debbie Petty and son Leighton Cleary of Hedlet Terrace, South Hetton, who found a worn in a can of tomatoes.
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A PREGNANT mum opened a can of worms when serving her son his tea.

Debbie Petty was dishing up a meal for seven-year-old Leighton, when they realised they had been joined by a slimy little creature.

Debbie Petty and son Leighton Cleary of Hedlet Terrace, South Hetton, who found a worn in a can of tomatoes.

Debbie Petty and son Leighton Cleary of Hedlet Terrace, South Hetton, who found a worn in a can of tomatoes.

A worm, which had been taking refuge in the can of chopped tomatoes, fell out and landed in front of Debbie as she served up the meal.

The horrified mum said the sight of the creature not only made her to throw up, but caused Leighton to spend the rest of the day bringing back up the Asda smart price veg.

Eight-weeks pregnant Debbie, of South Hetton, said: “I found the worm just after I had opened it and given my son some for his tea.

“It was in the pan and I was just tipping the rest out into a bowl for myself.

Debbie Petty's can of tomatoes with the worm.

Debbie Petty's can of tomatoes with the worm.

“It was so disgusting I was actually sick straight after.

“I’m pregnant as well and the whole thing made me feel awful.”

She added: “Since then Leighton has been to the walk-in-centre because he spent the whole day vomiting.

“I was disgusted and so I rang Asda and they told me I could get a full refund.

“But that’s really not good enough when my son has eaten something like that.

“The manager said they would have a full investigation into it and that he might try and get compensation for us.

“Leighton is feeling a lot better now and I think he will probably be all right with it.

“But it’s definitely put me off tomatoes and I will never have them again.

“I was quite worried at first because I’m pregnant, so I went to see the doctor to check it wouldn’t harm the babies, but the doctor said they don’t usually have anything harmful in them.”

A spokesman from Asda confirmed they had issued an apology and a £10 voucher for the store.

They said that the can had been sent back to head office for further investigations as to how the worm got there.

But the supermarket giant declined to issue an official statement until the investigation has finished.