A woman accidentally ate a part of a cockroach inside a piece of Chinese preserved sausage she bought in Tai Po.
The store apologized and offered a full refund, Apple Daily reported on Monday.
But the victim, identified as Mrs. Chan, said she would pursue the complaint she filed with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) against the seller.
Chan said she bought six packs of preserved sausages from an HK JEBN outlet, an “upstairs shop” (located above the street level), in Tai Po Market last Wednesday for HK$310.
She had planned to give away five packs as presents and keep one for herself.
On Saturday night, she took one piece of sausage and steamed it in the rice cooker.
After her first bite, she noticed a black spot inside the sausage. She cut the sausage with a pair of scissors to determine what it was.
To her horror, she realized it was part of a cockroach about 3 centimeters long.
Since she only found a part of the cockroach, she surmised that she had swallowed the rest of the insect’s body.
She filed a complaint with the FEHD, but did not go to a hospital since she had to look after her daughter at home.
Disturbed by the incident, Chan said she could not sleep the whole night, although she was glad she did not serve the contaminated food to her daughter.
At around 3 p.m. Sunday, FEHD staff collected the Chinese sausage in question for examination, and said a report could be ready in one to two weeks.
Chan returned to the HK JEBN shop and was offered a full refund.
A store clerk apologized to her and confirmed the sausages were manufactured in mainland China.
HK JEBN said it will decide on whether to take all the products from the same batch off the shelves once the results of the examination are released.
Chan went to the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po afterwards and was given some medications for food poisoning.
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