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- The family found the maggots in beef that was bought from a store in Victoria
- A video they filmed shows several larvae crawling around the cooked meat
- But a spokesman for the supermarket insisted the matter is an isolated issue
- However, it comes days after another family found maggots in chicken tenders, also bought from an Aldi store in Victoria
This is the gross moment a family found maggots wriggling around in beef they bought from Aldi.
The family claim they found the maggots inside the meat after cooking it and sitting down for dinner.
A video filmed by the disgusted Aldi customers shows several larvae crawling around the beef.
A spokesman for Aldi has insisted that the matter is an isolated issue.
They said they launched an investigation after becoming aware of the video, which features Brannans Butchery Butterflied Beef with BBQ Mustard Sprinkle that was bought from a store in Victoria.
The family claim they found maggots inside the meat after cooking it and sitting down for dinner
The spokesman added that the vacuum-sealed product was purchased on February 4 and refrigerated and cooked the following evening.
‘Upon being notified of the matter, we immediately contacted the customer and commenced a high-priority investigation with our supplier,’ the spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We can confirm that this is an isolated issue, with no other complaints received by our customer services department.’
Aldi said its meat products are produced in ‘industry-leading facilities with a high-level of quality assurance processes in place.’
‘This includes a processing room refrigerated to approximately 4 degrees, a temperature level which does not support fly/larvae development,’ the spokesman said.
A video filmed by the disgusted Aldi customers shows several larvae crawling around the meat
Aldi insist that the matter is an isolated issue and said they launched an investigation
The spokesman added that the video has been examined by Skye Blackburn, an independent Entomologist and Food Scientist.
Ms Blackburn believes it is unlikely that the contamination occurred during the manufacturing or distribution process.
‘By viewing the video supplied and noting the fly larvae are freshly hatched, it is most likely that the eggs had been laid after this meat had been cooked, and the heat of the meat has accelerated the hatching of the eggs,’ she said.
‘Heat allows eggs the potential to hatch within minutes of being laid. Due to higher than average temperatures we’re experiencing at the moment, it is common for the lifecycle of insects to occur more quickly.’
She added: ‘If the meat had been contaminated before cooking, it would be very unlikely that the eggs and larvae would have survived the cooking process.’
She explained that fly larvae generally cannot survive temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius.
The revolting discovery comes just days after a woman found live maggots inside chicken tenders she bought from Aldi.
Tooradin man Bill Johnson told 3AW that his daughter and her friend were eating the tenders bought from the supermarket giant when they found the fly larvae crawling inside their meal.
A Victorian woman was left traumatised after discovering live maggots in her chicken tenders during her meal
Mr Johnson's daughter made a video as the cooked chicken tenderloin was split open, and small yellow specks could be seen wriggling inside.
'This was what was found inside a chicken tender,' Mr Johnson says.
'They are still moving as you can see'.
Mr Johnson said they had recently purchased the Farmwood brand of chicken tenders from the Casey Central Aldi store in Victoria.
An Aldi spokesman confirmed to Daily Mail Australia at the time that this was an isolated incident with no further complaints made.
'Upon being notified of this matter, we immediately contacted the customer and commenced a high-priority investigation with our supplier,' he said.
And Ms Blackburn said it was extremely unlikely that the contamination occurred during the manufacturing or distribution process.
'I have taken a look at the video supplied and believe it would be extremely unlikely that the larvae of the fly would survive the cooking and freezing process associated with producing this product,' she said.
'Furthermore, the larvae of the fly in the video looks to be approximately just two days old and given this product was manufactured on 12th December, 2016, it would be almost impossible that this would have happened during the manufacturing process.
'The larvae also appear to be moving very quickly, which indicates they are quite warm and therefore have not been in a fridge or freezer previously.'