A Gonville woman was bewildered after opening a packet of noodles yesterday to find a suspicious black-and-grey clump in them.
"I went to put it in the pot with all my vegetables," Jo Morris said. "I thought, 'Oh my God, I can't use that'."
The sealed package of hokkien noodles had a circle of what appeared to be a mould-like substance coating some of the noodles, roughly 3cm in diameter.
The appearance of the patch made Mrs Morris question whether it was mould or "part of an animal".
"I'm just wondering if it's part of a mouse - I don't know."
She bought the noodles from a local supermarket on May 17. The "best before" date is October 13, 2016.
Mrs Morris had lost her appetite somewhat yesterday, saying she might "just have a cup of tea" instead.
"I don't think I'll be buying them for a while."
Mrs Morris wanted the noodles tested so she could find out exactly what the unwanted extra was, and how it got inside a sealed package.
The incident comes less than two weeks after a Whanganui woman took the top off a steak-and-cheese pie to find "a little bushy thing" growing inside.
In March a rodent's foot was allegedly found in a Tegel saveloy sold in Gonville.
- NOTE: The brand name of the noodles has been withheld until the company concerned has received information about the issue.
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