Maggots found in store's hot dogs

2013-01-16 10:08

Bloemfontein - A Free State mother says she was shocked to discover that the hot dogs she had bought from a well-known retailer were full of maggots.

Adele Terblanche, 32, told Volksblad that her 6-year-old daughter was about to take a bite from a cheese-covered hot dog bought from a Fruit & Veg store when she saw the maggots crawling all over the food.

Terblanche said she had bought six hot dogs because her daughter had felt like one.

She was very glad to have seen the maggots before her daughter could eat one.

“It could’ve been much worse.”

Terblanche went back to the store where she was told the hot dogs were fresh. She showed the manager the hot dog and even he was reportedly disgusted.

She told him she didn’t want her money back, but wanted all the hot dogs removed from the shelves.

Two other hot dogs were also found to be full of maggots.

Branch manager Jean Harker said the hot dogs were not supposed to be on the shelf and said it was poor stock management and replacement.

He said employees who should have removed them would receive written warnings and the incident would be investigated further.

  • werner.pretorius.927 - 2013-01-16 10:17


      zip.reeper - 2013-01-16 12:09

      it is because there is no Department of Health anymore. Africa, baby!

  • bone.marrow.501 - 2013-01-16 10:17


  • angelanair3 - 2013-01-16 10:19

    Sies............ Thankfully we dont buy hot dogs! If I cannot make it myself I wont eat it.... Besides the maggots - how do you know what meat was used to make your hot dog. Not even reputable stores cannot be trusted - I found a living maggot on some mince - and, the posh store in William Nicol had maggots on chicken schnitzels we bought! Be afraid, be very afraid where you buy from and what you eat!

      brandon.eastes.1 - 2013-01-16 11:25

      you make your own vienna's, WOW

  • Balloo - 2013-01-16 10:21


  • cheryl.childs - 2013-01-16 10:22

    You'd think it's easy to see maggots on food, but I nearly ate a handful of biltong once that was covered in maggots before realising ... That was seriously puke-worthy.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-16 10:43

      Make your own biltong. It is clean. You can play with the taste and you will be the bell of the ball in your circles. If I can do it you can. It is easy. I make about 8-10kg a month and my family, friends and customers enjoy it. Maybe because all get it for free. ;)

      sanchez.sancho.7 - 2013-01-16 10:49

      Du Toit can I please be your friend

      angelanair3 - 2013-01-16 11:20

      Aaaargh - Cheryl - I hate maggots with a passion - I go overboard at home - washing dustbins and not throwing anything where flies are - we have dogs so flies will be here. But containment and cleanliness is what keeps them away. Why cant stores do the same? They dont care - a lot is said about labels on food products but what fresh food? My local spar sold me a roast chicken once - yuck - makes me sick to think of it - one year later I am still waiting for the manager to call me - but I sent the Health department there - as if they are any help.......

      mbulelu.diba - 2013-01-16 11:30

      One can not make proper biltong in the Cape, sadly. The weather is too cool and wet... Much better to just buy it from Namibia/Karoo/etc.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-16 11:47

      sanchez. Only if you are in Cape town. Northern Suburbs. Close to Durbanville. No problem.

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-16 10:27

    Those look like 'pie dogs'. If they were fresh they would have just come out of the oven. No chance maggots can survive that. Store manager blames rotation? i bet this store refrigerates all unsold product overnight and then markets it as ' fresh ' the next day. In fact i bet they dont even bother refrigerating which is how the maggots came about in the first place. hygeine c

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-16 10:28

    .. Hygiene controls are lacking and he should be very worried.

  • tulani.tshaka - 2013-01-16 10:28

    investigate what for who ? you know damn well what u selling.

  • leonard.olley.7 - 2013-01-16 10:29

    Whats the point of the story maggots are also food?...... If you can eat prawns you can eat anything

      edzardbosch - 2013-01-16 12:17

      Most maggots are eggs of flies that only hatch on rotten things, flies prefer to lay eggs on things that are easy to digest to the worms ie. Rotten meat. Therefore if she ate the sausage she probably would've gotten very sick.

  • msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-16 10:30

    Racist Maggots!

      Paddy - 2013-01-16 11:29

      And cockroaches and flies aren't......

  • ursula.thyssen - 2013-01-16 10:30 who's to blame...def management..they should get written warnings for a change...

      Klaus - 2013-01-16 12:16

      just asking, why and what for do you pay Shelf packers for ? It is their job to ensure stock rotation and check sell by dates, but as per norm they are to busy with non work related issues.

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2013-01-16 10:30

    Once bit into a KFC drumstick only to discover fried maggots...I don't actually know why I didn't do anything about it. I was disgusted though...

  • msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-16 10:32

    Maggots help heal diabetes wounds.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-16 11:10

      From the outside in, but not from the inside out.

      wendy.barnett.1238 - 2013-01-17 07:34

      Those are grown in a lab - sterilized environment

  • - 2013-01-16 10:53

    Terblanche said she had bought six hot dogs because her daughter had felt like one. Lol

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-01-16 10:56

      Thanks Patrick, I thought I was the only one who could not make sense of this sentence.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2013-01-16 11:06

      She's obviously one fat lass seeing that she was keeping the other 5 for herself.

  • francois.lacock - 2013-01-16 10:54

    Meat is meat and a man must eat!!

  • Doorboot - 2013-01-16 10:59

    Well done Fruit and Veg on taking ownership of the problem and not being idiots by trying to cover it up.

  • joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-16 11:01


  • pat.ketley - 2013-01-16 11:02

    She bought six hot dogs because her daughter felt like one! Lol

      rohin.jadin - 2013-01-16 11:23

      her daughter wanted one, so she bought 6 for the family lunch maybe ? .....

  • klaus.broszeit.1 - 2013-01-16 11:03

    Fruit and Veg beware of the food items.Just look at the fish it is scary. However why did the kid not eat the maggots ? It is good fresh and full of Protein. Fresher then the Hot dogs anyway.

  • daan.enslin - 2013-01-16 11:04

    Spar: "Good for you!!!"

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-16 11:10

    These things happen because fruit and veg is run with anc mentality.

      mohau.chabeli.9 - 2013-01-16 11:20

      Pea-sized brain Mike. Stupid as eva. Mayb u shud hv enrolld @ school with my 5yr old.

      tshepo.lekote - 2013-01-16 11:33

      Ouch !!! Mike y must u politicize dis article boss?.....

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-16 12:04

      Ag Mike that does not even qualify as a joke. It is toooo far fetched.

  • craven.luyt - 2013-01-16 11:11

    If you can eat a Vienna sausage a maggot shouldn't bother you.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-16 12:15

      Your best available is Spar's Buthers's Best, Specially the smoke one. Just a pity they do not have stock in the Western Cape anymore.(They say it is a manufacturing problem?) It taste better. Quality is much better and the "worsies is thicker. Only 12 in, but you get the same done when comparing to other packs that cost the same....and IT TASTE MUCH BETTER.

  • cj.venter - 2013-01-16 11:12

    bought a "fresh" lettuice from spar one day, wrapped in plastic and when i opened it my thumb went straight into it because the underside was rotten. eeuw!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-16 12:10

      They had lettuce that they put on special over the festival season. Must be over stocked. When like that I call the fruit and veg lady, open the packet and if not liking she can reseal/clear-wrap it again. Its not about the money, but the "need for a replacement" when you are busy making a salad.

  • bennie.marais.9 - 2013-01-16 11:19

    I have bought some of their juicy steaks they pack out with decorations...boy oh boy was I in for a maggot surprize as well. I don't support these buggers anymore.

  • rohin.jadin - 2013-01-16 11:20

    fruit & eg are cheaper than your average retailer in their fresh produce because they purchase lower grade produce from the markets. You just need to go to the market and see for yourself. I also find it disgusting how they display their meat in the middle of the store, uncovered. With people sneezing, touching and what else - I'm just glad I don't eat meat. Their mountains of chickens that sit out all day and then what happens when they close up shop. Not lekker.

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2013-01-16 11:20

    Gee my word whats next hey. I can't remember when last I even bought from fruit and veg city you know I don't think housewivies market in durban has ever had this problem at all.

  • max.maxwell - 2013-01-16 11:22

    Obviously the Environmental Health Practitioners are not doing their jobs!

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2013-01-16 11:36


      Pixie86 - 2013-01-16 12:44

      shifting responsibility away from the manager. way to go

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2013-01-16 11:23

    Report them to the health department of the town where you live, and have them shut down. Easy as that.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2013-01-16 11:37


  • scottfamily - 2013-01-16 11:25

    I had a similar accident at food lover's, tokai in cape town. The pasta ham and cheese salad was off, once I had reported it the staff did nothing until I stopped another customer from taking some. Only then did the staff member remove fuss salad. Then a chef, presumably the one responsible for the salads came in a disgruntled and annoyed matter and asked what the problem was. I explained and he did not seem to care. They know I work next and I have not received an apology yet. The management have become very rude and have allowed the quality of food to drop.

      JamesMWood - 2013-01-16 12:28

      @scott, I would hate for a cook like that to be associated with my proffesion, in this country the term Chef is used far too loosely

  • godesha - 2013-01-16 11:28

    Oh gross man, there is my apetite out the door.

  • wynand.viljoen.54 - 2013-01-16 11:33

    As a bloem resident I would love to know which branch that is...

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2013-01-16 11:38

      Does it matter? still fruit and Veg!!!Same lack of standards????

  • JuliusYouPrick - 2013-01-16 11:41

    Sipho probably didn't do his job by removing them from the shelf.

      thugmuffin13 - 2013-01-16 12:11

      Most unnecessary comment of the year, well done douchebag! Two thumbs up for you!

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2013-01-16 11:46

    Just become a smone said they found one in a kfc chcken piece.OMG

  • Ohminus.SpaceThys - 2013-01-16 11:46

    I bought two tins of sliced mangos from Food Lovers Market in Stellenbosch recently, opened one tin and found a baby lizard inside!! Yummy!!! The problem with something like this is not really the one tin that has something inside witch does not belong there, but the fact that these products are manufactured in large scale. So what I am getting at is that if something falls into a batch of say 2 tons of a product, the whole 2 tons is tainted!! Yet the whole batch is canned and soled to various branches!!! Take a minute to think about that when opening your next canned product!! :P

  • jacob.thelier - 2013-01-16 12:03

    The branch manager should recieve the written warnings not the staff. all they do all day long is sit in their offices and not patrol the floor making sure all problems are found before anything happens

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2013-01-16 15:20

      Written warning my a$% he/she should be dismissed immediately for endagering others and not adhering to health standards.

  • tshepo.lekote - 2013-01-16 12:09

    The 1 other problem wit F

  • nokuthandwa - 2013-01-16 12:14

    Yuck yuck yuck......sies! Also bought raw ribs at the New Checkers store in Parklands, CT. I had to open all windows and doors because of the smell of rotten meat after I opened the pack. Luckily I complained and got my money back. We also tend to trust Woollies but I nearly bought expired baby milk at one of their stores. If I had not looked at the expiry date, I would have given the milk to my little one!

  • tracy.musto.7 - 2013-01-16 12:20

    I once bought a pack of 60 eggs from F&V for a special breakfast braai and games on the beach function. I bought them the afternoon before the function and only opened up the pack at the beach to start cooking the scrambled eggs in the skottel. However, to our shock and horror, we found some maggots crawling around even in the box and as we opened the eggs we found a tiny dead chicken in one, some blood in some other eggs and maggots in about 10 other eggs!!! Being some way out of town, we couldn't just shoot back to change them and it spoilt our whole special day that had been planned. When we did eventually go back into town the manager actually basically accused us of lying and then tried to say they were not bought from them. Eventually after we had them open a couple more 60 egg packs they found a two others also riddled with magots. It's also strage how their fruit and veg seem to go off so much quicker then the produce from other places......

  • jomardl - 2013-01-16 13:02

    I had an experience with rotten meat from Fruit and Veg City. Will NEVER buy meat from them again.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2013-01-16 13:06

    Problem today not enough inspectors around if there is any such thing these days. Cleanliness in this country has gone to the pits. Its no wonder rats are found everything take a look at our streets, the filth and squalor we are being forced to witness, these rats are coming off the streets. At the moment rats are kings. Even our local doctor has complained to our municipality about the filth on the pavements and streets, not long and we are going to get an outbreak of some or other plague and people will die like flies. I have even noticed at our spar they sell cooked food and salads whereby people help themselves and pay per kilo. These foods stand around and the flies settle on them, often people stick a finger into taste. Where is the inspector, and why has he not told them to use lids on these foods. Bread and rolls stand waiting, people keeping touching and squeezing kids do the same they see their parents do it. How many people dont wash their hands after using the toilet then they touch the bread etc. Overseas, people are not permitted to help themselves unless they use plastic gloves provided. Often staff are lazy, to lazy to replace old with the fresh or to check and see the food is ok and its is stored in a clean place.

  • fanie.devilliers - 2013-01-16 13:18

    I LOVE Food Lover's Market! Daar's 'n klomp kermkouse hier!

      andrea.duplessis.33 - 2013-01-16 22:55

      Let me guess, you live in an upmarket area? But the Fruit

  • mart.botha - 2013-01-16 13:55

    Far too many companies in this country, including and maybe especially the banks, are maximising the 'bottomline profit' at the expense of doing the basics right...first time. For example, whoever thought that an 'íncoming call centre' adds value to a business or a customer's experience....really needs to be 'drawn and quartered'. AND with so much company 'restructuring 'occurring, the added pressure on those competents who remain behind to carry the load are quite often so demotivated that.....'maggots happen !!!!

  • jacob.thelier - 2013-01-16 14:41

    The thing I don't understand is that health inspectors used to frequent the food stores and restaurants. Not one restaurant has had random inspections since BEE took over.

      percy.dube.14 - 2013-01-17 08:25

      What's BEE got to do with it if I may ask ?

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-16 17:52

    It says fruit and veg!Stay away from everthing else.

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-16 17:54

    Maggots is a very high energy source.

  • Tuyez - 2013-01-16 18:21

    I bought red meat at fruit and veggie and it was off. I did not return it as I stay in rural area. But since then I had never been in that store. Dont buy at Fruit n Veggie dont buy.

  • german.mazokera - 2013-01-16 18:43

    Before we enter any shop, lets put our focal point on what that shop sell first.dont buy meat in a hardware, so fruit and veg they sell fv first and will make sure if u dont go 4 fv they will spoil your day with rotten meat eggs and other food staff.their motto is fruit and vege only

  • crystell.jeancharles - 2013-01-16 23:25

    whats worse than finding a maggot in your hot dog.... Finding half a maggot!!

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2013-01-17 06:13

    That shop must be run by the tried and tested cadres of hendrick verwoed.

  • Brendan Richard Murphy - 2013-03-20 11:09

    Probably didnt read the sale sign 'Bear grills hot dogs'