SHOPPERS were left disgusted after discovering an unsavoury addition to a bag of sweets.
Braden Little, 18, and Josh Downs, 18, were stunned when they picked up a bag of Cadbury’s Caramel Nibbles in Tesco, Roker Avenue, only to discover maggots in the box they were stored in on the supermarket shelf.
Tesco bosses have now launched an investigation.
Josh, of Roker, who is due to start at Sunderland University in September, said it turned his stomach when he felt the critters crawling off the packet he had picked up, down his arm and onto his clothes.
“I didn’t realise what it was at first,” he said. “I thought it was caramel leaking out of the packet.
“I felt something move and saw the maggots on my hand and my clothes.
“It was disgusting. It absolutely stank of fungus.
“A lady shopping in the same aisle told me to go and wash my hands straight away.”
Josh, and Braden, of Fulwell, who is also due to become a student at Sunderland University in September, said other shoppers were shocked at the slimy discovery. All the other people in the aisle were saying it was disgusting,” said Braden. “And the other friends that we were with said the was horrible.
“It just looked awful, and it smelled.”
The lads complained about what they had seen to the store manager but said they didn’t feel as though they were taken seriously.
Josh’s mum Lisa Downs then rang up to complain and said she was offered vouchers.
Braden claimed the pair had been in the shop earlier that day – where they bought the same sweets – but said there was no maggots then.
A spokeswoman for Tesco, said: “We’d like to thank our two customers for bringing this to our attention and we are sorry if they feel we didn’t take this matter seriously.
“We would like to reassure them that we are concerned and are investigating how this happened.”