BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Emily Randolph of Maryland will think twice before heading to the store for her fish dinner after discovering worms in cod fish at Costco. The woman claims that the fish, which was wrapped in Styrofoam, was going to be cooked during its sell date and that when she went to return the pack, the cashier told her that other customers came in with the same issue.
Parasitic Worm Flagged as Natural Occurring in Raw Fish
According to Emily Randolph, some time ago, she went to a Maryland-based Costco and bought a package of Atlantic cod in order to prepare dinner. The woman told the reporters that she did not cook the cod the same day she bought it, but the product was within ‘sell time.’
After unpacking the cod, Randolph recalls that the fish had a peculiar smell. Upon inspecting the package closely, the woman saw something big moving inside the Styrofoam package. She then realized that the moving thing was actually a pretty big parasitic worm.
Emily googled the worm before returning the product to Costco, and she discovered, much to her bewilderment, that the parasitic worm was actually naturally occurring, especially in fish that was not properly frozen.
Upon returning to the supermarket and flagging down a representative, Randolph discovered that she was not the first customer to return fish-based foods that day. In fact, the representative calmly told her that there was another woman who returned a package of worm-infested salmon.
The woman wrote on her Facebook page that she was quite irked by the employee’s attitude, as though these kinds of things happen on a regular basis. Costco extended its apologies and declared that fish is usually frozen at -35 degrees Celsius and kept at this temperature for at least 14 hours in order to prevent the development of parasitic worms.
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