Out-of-date pasty sold by Folkestone 99p Store fed to two-year-old
BOSSES at a discount shop in Folkestone town centre have admitted selling an out-of-date pasty, which a young mum claims made her young son ill.
Tara Woods, 22, went to the 99p Store in Sandgate Road on Tuesday, August 16, and bought her two-year old Frankie Orris a meat and potato Tindale and Stanton pasty for his lunch.
But as he took his first bite she noticed the sell-by date was August 13 – three days before her visit to the store.
Hussein Lalani, commercial director for the chain, confirmed an investigation was being held as to how the out-of-date pasty was sold.
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He said: "If in this case we are in the wrong then we apologise profusely and a full investigation is being held as to why we sold the out-of-date pasty."
Miss Woods, a single mum of two who lives in Holywell Avenue, said: "I was absolutely disgusted.
"I grabbed it out his mouth and threw it on the floor but he'd already swallowed.
"I went in straight away and demanded to see the manager. Eventually some guy came out the back and when I showed him the receipt and the packaging he offered me a £5 gift voucher for the store, which I declined.
"I said I'd phone head office and left but Frankie was ill during the next night.
"He was all right thankfully but I didn't get any sleep for worry.
"I believe it was caused by the bite he had taken."
Miss Woods went back to the store the next day but was again offered a £5 voucher.
She said: "I'll never shop there again.
"It was horrible but I'm just relieved I noticed the sell-by date on the packaging or he might have eaten it all."
Mr Lalani added: "We are very surprised to hear this.
"We regularly check all our products and have regular visits from Trading Standards and comply with all regulations."