'Tesco sandwich could have killed my daughter' - Gloucester mum
HORRIFIED mum-of-three Hannah Lacey says her daughter could have choked to death on a four-inch rubber pipe found in her Tesco sandwich.
Ten-year-old Chloe was just about to munch into her chicken and sweetcorn sandwich, bought from the Brockworth store, when her mum spotted the piping.
Mrs Lacey, of Goldfinch Walk, in Brockworth, said: "She could have choked to death quite easily.
"I was so shocked to find it in there.
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"We certainly won't be touching their sandwiches again. At first I thought it was a piece of black pepper or something but then I noticed how big it was.
"I couldn't believe it was actually a piece of rubber, probably about four inches long."
Her other children, Leo, three, and Alfie, one, ate another sandwich without issue.
Mrs Lacey was driving at the time and said she was lucky that she looked over to her daughter and spotted the foreign object.
She went straight back to the store to get a refund and contacted Tesco's head office to complain about it.
Tesco offered the family a £10 shopping voucher for their troubles.
But Mrs Lacey, a Tesco worker herself, said: "I am just being palmed off.
"This could have been very serious and I've not so much had a proper apology from them."
It is not the first time that Tesco has been hauled over the coals over things appearing in their sandwiches.
Last month a mum-of-two from Stockport, Greater Manchester, bit into a dead, sliced rodent after buying her sandwich.
A spokesman for Tesco said: "We set ourselves the highest standards for food safety and our suppliers have robust systems in place to prevent incidents like this.
"We are urgently investigating this matter with the supplier and will keep our customer informed."
Tesco bosses are investigating the factory where the sandwich was produced and compiling a report.