December 13 2013 Latest news:
by Tom Marshall
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The mother of radio star Jameela Jamil has called on Tesco to make a hefty donation to charity – to compensate for her horror at finding a centipede-like creature lurking in a raspberry.
Shireen Jamil, 57, was about to swallow a fresh raspberry she had just bought from the Hampstead store, in Heath Street, when she spotted the wriggling bug.
The former model, who is disabled after suffering a brain haemorrhage and two strokes, was left “shaking with fear” and immediately returned to complain.
Now she is demanding an apology from Tesco bosses and a “substantial” donation to make amends, which she would like divided between the NSPCC and mental health organisation Mind.
The Fitzjohn’s Avenue resident said: “It was just complete shock at watching this creature come out of a raspberry – I was just about to put it in my mouth.
“Then I opened a second box I had bought and that was full of little white maggots so I just chucked it.
“For them to be selling such sub-standard food is terrible. What else is growing in their fruit section?”
She added: “Abused children and the mentally ill, two causes closest to my heart, could do with some of Tesco’s vast money.”
Ms Jamil, whose Hampstead-born daughter made her name on Channel 4 show T4 and now presents The Official Chart with Jameela Jamil on BBC Radio 1, says she has a phobia of spiders and is not too fond of other bugs or insects either.
On her complaint form, she wrote: “I am Jameela Jamil’s mother. I am disabled and almost ate a maggot or centipede in Tesco raspberries, bought 30 minutes ago.
“I have chest pains and cannot stop shaking with fear. I am 57 and disabled after a brain haemorrhage and two strokes.”
Speaking to the Ham&High, she said: “I have never pulled rank before in my life, but I thought to myself, if this happened to Jameela Tesco would be extremely sorry.”
Ms Jamil says she has no choice other than to continue shopping at Tesco despite the incident on Sunday, but she will not be buying fruit there anymore.
“That’s the end of my relationship with raspberries, and I love them,” she added.
A Tesco spokesman said: “We expect our food to be of the highest quality, including products which are fresh from the fields.
“We’re sorry if on this occasion our high standards were not met, and we have offered Ms Jamil a full refund.
“We will be investigating the matter and will keep Ms Jamil updated with our findings.”