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Live flies found inside pack of lamb purchased from Ulster Asda store

One of the live flies which was found inside the sealed pack of Northern Irish lamb

One of the live flies which was found inside the sealed pack of Northern Irish lamb

Jamie McDowell

Live flies were found in a sealed pack of lamb from an Asda store in Bangor the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

The incident is currently being investigated by Asda after Kathryn Chambers and her partner Paul Burns noticed bluebottles in a packet of stewing lamb they’d purchased.

Ms Chamber only spotted the flies when she lifted the packet out of a fridge to cook dinner a few days after it was purchased.

The sticker on the pack indicated that the lamb originated in Northern Ireland.

Former firefighter Paul told the paper: “Entomology and logic dictates that a blue bottle had laid its eggs on this exposed meat in an ambient temperature at the packing plant and the pupation process would follow both during and after sealing in the packing at the factory plant.”

A spokesperson for Asda said: “We are very sorry that Mr Burns purchased a product from one of our stores which fell far below our usual standards.

“This was the only complaint that we have received about this and we have strict systems in place to prevent these kinds of incidences occurring, so we are investigating what could have happened with our supplier.’’

Ards and North Down Borough Council said they are investigating the incident in conjunction with DEARA.

While Mr Burns was initially given a £10 voucher from the store when he returned the lamb, he said: “This is not about any compensation, this is such a serious health issue it needs to be investigated and highlighted.”

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