With its white fur and green jellied skin, the contents of this can of Morrisons own-brand of baked beans was not exactly what it says on the tin.
Unfortunately for housing officer Andrea Loomes, 41, lunchtime was pretty much ruined by the foul-smelling product – purchased from the store in Leighton.
She said: “I was just shocked, completely shocked. I thought there were insects in there at first, it was actually decomposed.
“It was all stuck together and it stunk.
“I still had the tin for a while waiting for Morrisons to pick it up.”
Ms Loomes, who lives in Parkridge Road with her 19-year-old son, was baffled as to what caused the decay.
She said: “It was in a sealed tin with no damage or punctures to it, so it’s a bit strange. I’ve never seen anything like it in food before.”
Seeking an explanation about the product – which wasn’t due to expire until 2016 – Ms Loomes got in touch with the supermarket.
She said: “Morrisons aren’t really bothered by it.
“I sent an email and what I got back was just a standard response for a refund.
“But it’s not about a refund, it’s about how that ended up on the shelves.
“I won’t be buying baked beans from there again that’s for sure!”
The tin has since been collected by staff from the Morrisons store in Lake Street.
A spokesman for the supermarket chain said: “We have the can and we can now begin testing on the product to determine the cause of the mould.
“I want to be very clear about our position. We take the quality of the food we sell very seriously, hence our desire to quickly establish the facts here.
“The product will be inspected by our technical team here at head office and it will be sent to the supplier so they can make their own investigations.”