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What alien objects have you found in your food?


Today Mars has issued a Europe-wide recall, including in the UK, after plastic was found in Mars and Snickers chocolate bars. Have you made any weird or gross food discoveries?

Mars has advised in a statement earlier today that the affected products shouldn’t be eaten, further information is not yet available as the company’s website is unresponsive.

The recall, across 55 countries, currently affects all Mars, Snickers, Milky Way Minis and miniatures, and certain packs of Celebrations.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency has advised against eating the affected products, and to contact Mars’ consumer care team on 0800 952 0084, recall@uk.mars.com, or by post at Mrsa R1, FREEPOST, Mars Consumer Care.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I sit there and think about the number of times I’ve found some unexpected objects lurking in my food or drink, I’m surprised that I’m even prepared to consume anything outside of the confines of my own home.

Apparently quality control is this great safety net to make sure the food we consume won’t throw up any surprises… or worse, cause us harm. But things do slip through the net.

Food discoveries

Last summer, a friend of mine purchased a supermarket ready-made salad; she was all ready to tuck into her tasty (healthy) looking salad when she found a slimy little critter tucked under one of the salad leaves. It was a live snail, albeit a bit of extra protein, it fully put her off of her lunch.

Now, I’ve found hairs before, but I’ve not had anything living crop up in my grub – unwashed salad has chucked up the odd dead slug, but I do sort of expect this to happen with fresh fruit and veg, just maybe not a ready to eat salad though.

But, on a slightly more serious note, I’ve found a more hazardous object before. I once bought a drink which had a bit of a rattle in the bottle, I peered into the drink where I then spotted a small shard of glass. Realising how dangerous this was I went straight back to the retailer.

What’s in your food?

Health hazards like this usually result in a recall of products, as with today’s recall of Mars and Snickers bars.

That’s not to say that a slimy grimy snail in your salad isn’t a health hazard – any added unsuspected objects could be a hazard. That’s in addition to not being very pleasant, or what you’ve paid for.

So have you had any strange unexpected objects in your food before? What did you do?


Last week I was in a restaurant and found quite a considerable amount of plastic in a duck terrine. They were very apologetic about it, with the chef personally coming out to apologise, offering ‘something’. I suggested free desert. They brought out a huge slice of Apple tart on a platter you’d normally serve a chicken on, along with a huge bowl of ice-cream.

I don’t think I’ve had much luck, as in a pub I ordered a burger and bit down into a disc of plastic. The type they use to keep burgers seperate in a pack.

Another time I found a staple in my creme brulee. All of their deserts were taken off the menu…

Other than very burnt crisps, there’s been nothing I’ve found in products themselves.

I remember on QI that there is a certain amount of flexibility on what is allowed in products, such as insect limbs or rat hairs.


There is also a dark side to this, where people purposely put things in their food and complain to the restaurant in order to get a free meal.


Speaking from experience? 😉


Sean makes a good point. I believe it is vital not to offer any form of financial compensation to anyone who finds foreign objects in food. If no harm is done, a sincere apology is enough. By all means report the problem to the Environmental Health department in the local council and let them deal with the incident.


I heard a story where about 15 travellers used to visit a restaurant, eat a good 3 course meal with drinks, then one of them would find something in their desert. They would then refuse to pay and walk out. The restaurant closed down in the end as refusing to serve them other things happened.

Jennifer Dolphin says:
24 March 2016

Yours is the first post of someone finding a staple in their food that I have been able to find.
Last November my husband prepared a tuna salad for me for lunch. There was a staple in the tuna and, unfortunately, I swallowed it, without knowing what it was. It stuck in my oesphagus and had to be removed in hospital. The surgeon was astounded when he dug it out. I then spent 9 days in hospital, 8 of them nil by mouth, because the consultant wanted to make sure there was no perforation of the trachea. It was the most wretched week I have ever spent. The pain was awful as the feeding tube was directly rubbing on the part of my throat that had been torn. I have since contacted the manufacturers who investigated, only to tell me that no staples of that type were used in their manufacturing process. They sent me a box of tuna and £20 compensation, which I will not be accepting. As a gesture it is inappropriate ( I will never eat tuna again!) and paltry for the pain and trauma it caused me.

Debra Rose says:
1 August 2016

Can you update me on what happened?


Yes Patrick,,,,,,,,,,,the allowable’s……………Many people wont want to know about those bits but ,any people dont want to know that the world ain’t perfect and neither is our food……………
Fresh eggs,,,,,,,,,,,,,They’ll still be fine for weeks after the little hen laid them
Fresh milk sounds like it came form Mrs cow yesterday when in fact it didnt and i would not like to gues how long some of it has hung around in big stainless tanks………..
Being brought up in the country I expect to see a little “dirt” on eggs but those with the little “dirt” are so much better than the badged free range………..Our eggs are lovely…………..
I expect potatoes or spuds to me to have soil on them not a sprinkling of moss/compost and I dont want them washed as they keep better……………..
Carrots the same…………….
It takes an awful amount of energy to supply the vast amounts of clean water that is simply flushed over the potatoes and carrots etc and ran straight away…………………..
There is little or no way to have the perfection that we have came to expect of our food……………..Don’t get me wrong….I dont like the mistakes but mistakes will happen and that is why we can taste/feel and smell…………
If it feels odd,,,tastes odd or smells odd dont eat it………….Your senses are much better than any use by date or quality control system…………
Just my usual wacky views