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Swedes' tacos marred by grisly maggot-surprise

16 Apr 2012, 09:01

Published: 16 Apr 2012 09:01 GMT+02:00

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"The plan was to have tacos, and we had tacos, but perhaps with a certain aftertaste," Anders Lindström jokingly told the Expressen newspaper.

Lindström and his family were planning a pleasant Friday night taco dinner at their home in Sågmyra outside of Falun in central Sweden.

Friday night Tex-Mex, Swedish style, in an increasingly popular trend among households in Sweden, and last Friday, the Lindström family was no exception.

But when Lindström's girlfriend arrived home, she noticed one of the three newly purchased cans of corn was leaking.

The family was then shocked to discover most of the yellow kernels they expected to find had been replaced by a swarm of brown maggots.

"The reaction was something special, we were a little surprised," Lindström told the newspaper.

Closer inspection revealed that one can of Garant-brand corn had been slightly damaged, most likely prior to the pre-dinner purchase.

While the Lindströms were able to follow through with their taco dinner using corn from the other cans they had purchased, they nevertheless plan to contact Garant, a brand produced by Axfood and sold in Willys and Hemköp grocery stores.

Axfood spokesperson Ingmar Kroon expressed his dismay over the maggot-infested can of corn.

"That's a very serious error. I've actually never heard of it before," he told Expressen.

He theorized that something happened during the shipping of the can from the factory to the store.

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"If a can isn't sealed, anything can happen to the contents," he said.

"If the can is damaged, just about anything can get in there and it can be as nasty as you can imagine."

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Your comments about this article

09:55 April 16, 2012 by gpafledthis
In USA it is buyer beware !! Caveat emptor !! Anyway you want "real" Tex Mex the gusanos (worms) are also the "real deal" !! Get a grip sweedies!
10:58 April 16, 2012 by entry
My taco dinners here in Sweden rarely involve cans of corn.
11:32 April 16, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
"But when Lindström's girlfriend arrived home, she noticed one of the three newly purchased cans of corn was leaking."

...sounds like the can should have been checked BEFORE purchase - either by the purchaser, or the shop staff. Having spent some years shopping in Swedish shops, I'm never surprised that some of the fruit and veg could 'walk home by itself' - its that bad.

Didn't know that some of the canned stuff could also be alive as well. Lol!
13:51 April 16, 2012 by fikatid
Yeah, I had so many tacos in California and in Mexico and I don't recall that tacos have corn in it, except for the corn tortillas which is made of corn. What kind of Tex-Mex night is that? No wonder they got maggots instead.
18:32 April 16, 2012 by Lukestar1991
And in other news down in Halmstad a cat apparently went missing for a few hours...
22:37 April 16, 2012 by fancyavi
hello is no one discussing compensation??? the family should get some kind of money for this!!!
07:56 April 17, 2012 by Happy Expat
They probably escaped from the Swedish mince.
12:57 April 17, 2012 by rmarquina
Indeed, Mexican tacos don't have corn...

But Tex-Mex food does.. like Chili con Carne and stuff, which is NOT mexican but Tex-Mex, meaning a new kind of cuisine originated in the USA by mexican/latin immigrants.
13:12 April 17, 2012 by soultraveler3
I've never seen chili con carne with corn in it in the states.

White bean chicken chili will sometimes have corn in it, but besides that I've never seen corn in anything besides the chips and wrapping for tamales in Mexican restaurants.

Might be a regional thing though.
17:57 April 20, 2012 by Wireless.Phil
If the can was processed 'canned corn', why didn't the heat kill them.

Plus they don't look like maggots.

They look more like mealworms, which some people eat anyway.
22:41 April 20, 2012 by Mbenzi
Tex Mex is regarded as a bad substitute by southern Californians.

But nevertheless, worms can develop also in apparently sealed cans of certain food. I purchased a can of Quaker's Oat in a West African country. It may not have been so new and it had been stored pretty warm, but it looked perfectly sealed.

But when I opened the can it was full of maggots, like a million of them.
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