Tess Nichol is the Consumer Affairs reporter for the Herald.

Would you like flies with that? Fly eggs found on Hamilton woman's KFC

A Hamilton woman got a nasty surprise when she found fly eggs on her KFC drumstick last week. Photo/ Facebook
A Hamilton woman got a nasty surprise when she found fly eggs on her KFC drumstick last week. Photo/ Facebook

A Hamilton woman got more than she ordered during a trip to KFC last week, coming home to discover fly eggs on her chicken drumstick.

Cassandra Blackburn was tucking into her chicken and chips on Thursday morning when she peeled off some of the skin on a drumstick, finding fly eggs underneath.

She shared a photo of the unpleasant discovery on Facebook, saying she'd been in the toilet throwing up after making the discovery.

Blackburn told the Herald she had received a refund for the meal and spoken to Restaurant Brands, the parent company of KFC about the incident.

Cassandra Blackburn said she peeled back some of the skin on the drumstick and found the eggs underneath. Photo/ Facebook
Cassandra Blackburn said she peeled back some of the skin on the drumstick and found the eggs underneath. Photo/ Facebook

She declined to comment further, saying she hadn't meant for her post, which was shared widely on Facebook, to "blow up like this".

Restaurant Brands spokeswoman Amy McKenzie confirmed a complaint had been made by Blackburn.

"As with all customer claims [we are] taking this very seriously and investigating the matter.

"KFC has been in contact with the customer to get further information to help with those investigations and to gain a better understanding of the food journey once Cassandra left the store."

McKenzie said it was unlikely the eggs would have come from the KFC store due to the strict food safety procedures and systems in place in all KFC stores.

"The KFC restaurant at The Base, Hamilton had a pest check visit at 8:15am on the same morning the meal was purchased. The pest check report found no pest activity."

McKenzie said cooked KFC chicken was held in cabinets at temperatures of 60C or higher.

"Research has shown that food that is warmer than 40C is repellent to flies and potentially fatal to their eggs and maggots."

Last year a woman said she found fly eggs in her KFC popcorn chicken, bought from a Pukekohe store.

In 2012 an Auckland family swore off KFC for good after finding maggots in a piece of chicken bought from Botany Downs.

- NZ Herald

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