A man from Australia was left appalled and disgusted after discovering a dead cockroach in his MM’s bar.
Kyle Rosewarne made the gruesome find inside of his confectionery treat after he had already eaten four squares of the crispy mint chocolate bar on Monday.
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After failing to get a response from the renowned candy corporation, Mars Chocolate Australia, Rosewarne took to Facebook shortly after to vent his anger.
“When I opened the packet yesterday I found an added extra,” Rosewarne wrote in the online post.”To my absolute disgust, there was a dead cockroach inside.”
After his warning began to pick up steam online, Rosewarne told the Daily Mail that the brand reached out to him to compensate for his poor experience.
He said he received a “standard corporate” apology and peace offering.
“They offered me a $20-30 Coles or Woolworths voucher, which I declined,” he said, adding, “It’s not only a health problem, it is a serious ecological concern as well.”
A spokesman for the company told the publication that it immediately contacted Rosewarne to request the product and has been working with an entomologist to determine the insect’s species and origin.
The company’s review concluded that the insect did not enter the packaging prior to being shipped from the manufacturing facility, as this particular species does not occur in the region where the product was manufactured.
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“Given each block of chocolate we manufacture undergoes 31 quality checks and safety tests, and microbiological testing before it is packaged and shipped,” the spokesman continued, “it is extremely likely it entered the product packaging after it was opened.”
However, Rosewarne disagrees with the company’s claims.
He asked: “If it went in after I ate the initial four pieces then when I went to have more, don’t you think it would have crawled out as soon as I picked it up?”
He plans to visit the Health Department for more advice on the matter.