Pregnant Brighton woman allergic to wasps mouthful away from deadly sting after finding one in Tesco salad

Pregnant woman allergic to wasps mouthful away from deadly sting after finding one in salad

Pregnant woman allergic to wasps mouthful away from deadly sting after finding one in salad

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A heavily pregnant woman allergic to wasp stings was left terrified after finding the insect still alive in a supermarket's ready-to-eat salad.

Hannah Bull, of Robertson Road, Brighton, was half way through the Tesco salad bowl when she was shocked to find a wasp.

The 28-year-old, who is 39 weeks pregnant and allergic to wasp stings, said she was terrified at the thought of being seconds away from something which could potentially harm her and her baby.


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Her husband, Ben, 29, said: “She jumped up and almost gave birth. She felt physically sick and nearly threw up. The wasp had a wing and legs missing so she might have eaten them.

“Had she been stung, it could have harmed her and our baby because she is allergic. My wife used to love eating pre-packed salads but we will never touch one again.”

The couple bought the £2 salad from the superstore on Church Road, Hove, on Monday.

They said that at first it appeared to be dead, which could still have been dangerous with wasp stings still venomous even after death, however it then suddenly came back to life.

Mr Bull said: “We just want an honest response from Tesco.

“It's doubtful that the salad had been washed properly. It's not right for big companies to waive this issue off as a one off. We would like health inspectors to check their packaging plant and quality control methods.”

After finding the wasp, Mr Bull phoned Tesco's customer service helpline where an advisor asked for them to bring in the salad for investigation.

Tesco also offered to refund the item and give the couple a £5 voucher as a gesture of goodwill.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We set ourselves very high standards for the safety and quality of our food so we were concerned to hear of this incident. We are currently investigating and will keep Mr Bull informed of our findings. We have also offered him a gesture of goodwill for any inconvenience.”

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7:01am Sat 22 Mar 14

Quiterie says...

"She jumped up and almost gave birth" .....WTF?!??!
"She jumped up and almost gave birth" .....WTF?!??! Quiterie
  • Score: 43

7:35am Sat 22 Mar 14

Rinseout says...

No win no fee. She was rational enough to take a photo. Good evidence. Plus last I heard dead bees can't sting
No win no fee. She was rational enough to take a photo. Good evidence. Plus last I heard dead bees can't sting Rinseout
  • Score: 20

8:25am Sat 22 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

In other news, a disabled wasp has had a close brush with death after fit-for-work placement at Tesco salad-packaging plant went badly wrong. Eric the-half-a-bee stated "I thought I was going to be eaten - terrified I was - there were flashing lights and thundering voices saying something like "use the macro setting for close up pics, darling". The unfortunate wasp claimed to have been pressurised into taking up the salad-packaging job after government officials deemed him fit-for-work after he lost a leg in whilst working on a Cornetto near the seafront earlier this week.
"It hasn't been my week so far, I'm due to start work on a government placement in an old jam jar next week" said Eric.
See the full story with more photos, including an in-depth interview with the wasp, in the print edition, Daily Hive
In other news, a disabled wasp has had a close brush with death after fit-for-work placement at Tesco salad-packaging plant went badly wrong. Eric the-half-a-bee stated "I thought I was going to be eaten - terrified I was - there were flashing lights and thundering voices saying something like "use the macro setting for close up pics, darling". The unfortunate wasp claimed to have been pressurised into taking up the salad-packaging job after government officials deemed him fit-for-work after he lost a leg in whilst working on a Cornetto near the seafront earlier this week. "It hasn't been my week so far, I'm due to start work on a government placement in an old jam jar next week" said Eric. See the full story with more photos, including an in-depth interview with the wasp, in the print edition, Daily Hive From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 98

8:43am Sat 22 Mar 14

hammerfan says...

Even a person who is not allergic to wasp stings would be in danger in this situation. The membranes around the throat if stung could swell up. This could lead to blockage of the airways and possible death!
This is no laughing matter! I hope it does not happen to those who laugh!
Even a person who is not allergic to wasp stings would be in danger in this situation. The membranes around the throat if stung could swell up. This could lead to blockage of the airways and possible death! This is no laughing matter! I hope it does not happen to those who laugh! hammerfan
  • Score: -17

9:07am Sat 22 Mar 14

Gary @ says...

hammerfan wrote:
Even a person who is not allergic to wasp stings would be in danger in this situation. The membranes around the throat if stung could swell up. This could lead to blockage of the airways and possible death! This is no laughing matter! I hope it does not happen to those who laugh!
I hope it does not happen to anyone.
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: Even a person who is not allergic to wasp stings would be in danger in this situation. The membranes around the throat if stung could swell up. This could lead to blockage of the airways and possible death! This is no laughing matter! I hope it does not happen to those who laugh![/p][/quote]I hope it does not happen to anyone. Gary @
  • Score: 20

10:26am Sat 22 Mar 14

Number Six says...

How to avoid finding a wasp in your salad

1. Buy individual salad ingredients to taste (preferably from local greengrocer
2. Wash thoroughly
3. Mix
4. Eat

Much healthier, much cheaper and nowhere near as much risk of it incorporating a meat course,
How to avoid finding a wasp in your salad 1. Buy individual salad ingredients to taste (preferably from local greengrocer 2. Wash thoroughly 3. Mix 4. Eat Much healthier, much cheaper and nowhere near as much risk of it incorporating a meat course, Number Six
  • Score: 37

10:30am Sat 22 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

Well i'm sure the story in the argus will help her compensation claim,shows the salad was fresh.I go to farmers markets quite often find insects in fresh produce some people call it nature.Im surprised the wasp survived all the chemicals that are sprayed on goods to make them look fresh for longer.I wonder what she did with the wasp?hope she let it go.
Well i'm sure the story in the argus will help her compensation claim,shows the salad was fresh.I go to farmers markets quite often find insects in fresh produce some people call it nature.Im surprised the wasp survived all the chemicals that are sprayed on goods to make them look fresh for longer.I wonder what she did with the wasp?hope she let it go. clubrob6
  • Score: 19

10:39am Sat 22 Mar 14

redwing says...

Talk about stings in tales. If this story puts a few people off those dreadful, pre-packed salad supermarket money spinners that can't be a bad thing. They are steeped in chemicals, require massive fossil fuel burning, and their production is dangerous for the workers who have to make them and get a pittance of a living. I think that wasp should be the last of your worries, Madam. Needless to say Tesco and their ilk don't give a sausage. The profit margins on these delights overrides any other possible consideration.
Talk about stings in tales. If this story puts a few people off those dreadful, pre-packed salad supermarket money spinners that can't be a bad thing. They are steeped in chemicals, require massive fossil fuel burning, and their production is dangerous for the workers who have to make them and get a pittance of a living. I think that wasp should be the last of your worries, Madam. Needless to say Tesco and their ilk don't give a sausage. The profit margins on these delights overrides any other possible consideration. redwing
  • Score: -1

11:05am Sat 22 Mar 14

Andy R says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
In other news, a disabled wasp has had a close brush with death after fit-for-work placement at Tesco salad-packaging plant went badly wrong. Eric the-half-a-bee stated "I thought I was going to be eaten - terrified I was - there were flashing lights and thundering voices saying something like "use the macro setting for close up pics, darling". The unfortunate wasp claimed to have been pressurised into taking up the salad-packaging job after government officials deemed him fit-for-work after he lost a leg in whilst working on a Cornetto near the seafront earlier this week.
"It hasn't been my week so far, I'm due to start work on a government placement in an old jam jar next week" said Eric.
See the full story with more photos, including an in-depth interview with the wasp, in the print edition, Daily Hive
Like!
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: In other news, a disabled wasp has had a close brush with death after fit-for-work placement at Tesco salad-packaging plant went badly wrong. Eric the-half-a-bee stated "I thought I was going to be eaten - terrified I was - there were flashing lights and thundering voices saying something like "use the macro setting for close up pics, darling". The unfortunate wasp claimed to have been pressurised into taking up the salad-packaging job after government officials deemed him fit-for-work after he lost a leg in whilst working on a Cornetto near the seafront earlier this week. "It hasn't been my week so far, I'm due to start work on a government placement in an old jam jar next week" said Eric. See the full story with more photos, including an in-depth interview with the wasp, in the print edition, Daily Hive[/p][/quote]Like! Andy R
  • Score: 13

11:15am Sat 22 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

Pregnant, concerned about her baby, and STILL buys pre-prepared food from Tesco? Presumably because she has to devote time to her macro-photography which would otherwise be available to prepare food herself.
Pregnant, concerned about her baby, and STILL buys pre-prepared food from Tesco? Presumably because she has to devote time to her macro-photography which would otherwise be available to prepare food herself. Goldenwight
  • Score: 13

11:37am Sat 22 Mar 14

Tammy Flugh says...

They don't seem to have got the memo about how to pose for the obligatory sadface photo.
They don't seem to have got the memo about how to pose for the obligatory sadface photo. Tammy Flugh
  • Score: 23

12:44pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

This sort of animal cruelty is unacceptable. Tesco should ensure that no animals end up trapped, mutilated and suffer a painful prolonged death just because people want to eat salad. Heads should roll!
This sort of animal cruelty is unacceptable. Tesco should ensure that no animals end up trapped, mutilated and suffer a painful prolonged death just because people want to eat salad. Heads should roll! Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 11

12:59pm Sat 22 Mar 14

MrDavis says...

I just knew this would be Tesco...maybe go Waitrose next time innit😉
I just knew this would be Tesco...maybe go Waitrose next time innit😉 MrDavis
  • Score: 7

2:16pm Sat 22 Mar 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Proof again that Tesco are the worst supermarket in the UK.

Tesco only cares about profit, not quality, do not be fooled by their PR team.
Proof again that Tesco are the worst supermarket in the UK. Tesco only cares about profit, not quality, do not be fooled by their PR team. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -3

2:25pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Tammy Flugh says...

Number Six wrote:
How to avoid finding a wasp in your salad

1. Buy individual salad ingredients to taste (preferably from local greengrocer
2. Wash thoroughly
3. Mix
4. Eat

Much healthier, much cheaper and nowhere near as much risk of it incorporating a meat course,
What is a local greengrocer?
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: How to avoid finding a wasp in your salad 1. Buy individual salad ingredients to taste (preferably from local greengrocer 2. Wash thoroughly 3. Mix 4. Eat Much healthier, much cheaper and nowhere near as much risk of it incorporating a meat course,[/p][/quote]What is a local greengrocer? Tammy Flugh
  • Score: 13

2:56pm Sat 22 Mar 14

can'tfindausername says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
In other news, a disabled wasp has had a close brush with death after fit-for-work placement at Tesco salad-packaging plant went badly wrong. Eric the-half-a-bee stated "I thought I was going to be eaten - terrified I was - there were flashing lights and thundering voices saying something like "use the macro setting for close up pics, darling". The unfortunate wasp claimed to have been pressurised into taking up the salad-packaging job after government officials deemed him fit-for-work after he lost a leg in whilst working on a Cornetto near the seafront earlier this week.
"It hasn't been my week so far, I'm due to start work on a government placement in an old jam jar next week" said Eric.
See the full story with more photos, including an in-depth interview with the wasp, in the print edition, Daily Hive
You've just made my day!
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: In other news, a disabled wasp has had a close brush with death after fit-for-work placement at Tesco salad-packaging plant went badly wrong. Eric the-half-a-bee stated "I thought I was going to be eaten - terrified I was - there were flashing lights and thundering voices saying something like "use the macro setting for close up pics, darling". The unfortunate wasp claimed to have been pressurised into taking up the salad-packaging job after government officials deemed him fit-for-work after he lost a leg in whilst working on a Cornetto near the seafront earlier this week. "It hasn't been my week so far, I'm due to start work on a government placement in an old jam jar next week" said Eric. See the full story with more photos, including an in-depth interview with the wasp, in the print edition, Daily Hive[/p][/quote]You've just made my day! can'tfindausername
  • Score: 8

4:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

TimeConsuming says...

Why are they keeping her husband informed and not her personally? Madness corporatified!
Why are they keeping her husband informed and not her personally? Madness corporatified! TimeConsuming
  • Score: 3

2:26am Sun 23 Mar 14

Gribbet says...

Could have just as easily found it's way into her salad in the time between opening the packet and sticking her fork in. That story won't win you any compensation though.
Could have just as easily found it's way into her salad in the time between opening the packet and sticking her fork in. That story won't win you any compensation though. Gribbet
  • Score: 2

8:47am Sun 23 Mar 14

Grumpy0ldman says...

hammerfan wrote:
Even a person who is not allergic to wasp stings would be in danger in this situation. The membranes around the throat if stung could swell up. This could lead to blockage of the airways and possible death!
This is no laughing matter! I hope it does not happen to those who laugh!
Or those who didn't laugh
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: Even a person who is not allergic to wasp stings would be in danger in this situation. The membranes around the throat if stung could swell up. This could lead to blockage of the airways and possible death! This is no laughing matter! I hope it does not happen to those who laugh![/p][/quote]Or those who didn't laugh Grumpy0ldman
  • Score: -2

10:13am Sun 23 Mar 14

Dr Pork says...

A true cautionary tale for these modern times.
I got stung by a bee once.... fifty quid for a jar of honey. Outrageous!
A true cautionary tale for these modern times. I got stung by a bee once.... fifty quid for a jar of honey. Outrageous! Dr Pork
  • Score: 7

10:14am Sun 23 Mar 14

brighton bluenose says...

Got to say that binnsy is punching above his (not inconsequential) weight a bit!!
Got to say that binnsy is punching above his (not inconsequential) weight a bit!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 4

3:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

DisillusionedBtowner says...

Number Six wrote:
How to avoid finding a wasp in your salad 1. Buy individual salad ingredients to taste (preferably from local greengrocer 2. Wash thoroughly 3. Mix 4. Eat Much healthier, much cheaper and nowhere near as much risk of it incorporating a meat course,
All very true...but one pays more for the convenience ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: How to avoid finding a wasp in your salad 1. Buy individual salad ingredients to taste (preferably from local greengrocer 2. Wash thoroughly 3. Mix 4. Eat Much healthier, much cheaper and nowhere near as much risk of it incorporating a meat course,[/p][/quote]All very true...but one pays more for the convenience ;-) DisillusionedBtowner
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Mon 24 Mar 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

clubrob6 wrote:
Well i'm sure the story in the argus will help her compensation claim,shows the salad was fresh.I go to farmers markets quite often find insects in fresh produce some people call it nature.Im surprised the wasp survived all the chemicals that are sprayed on goods to make them look fresh for longer.I wonder what she did with the wasp?hope she let it go.
I don't think it would have got very far with just one wing. But hey, it did come back to life so perhaps it is the wasp version of Jesus.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: Well i'm sure the story in the argus will help her compensation claim,shows the salad was fresh.I go to farmers markets quite often find insects in fresh produce some people call it nature.Im surprised the wasp survived all the chemicals that are sprayed on goods to make them look fresh for longer.I wonder what she did with the wasp?hope she let it go.[/p][/quote]I don't think it would have got very far with just one wing. But hey, it did come back to life so perhaps it is the wasp version of Jesus. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 1

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