Reading Time: < 1 minute Maggots in the meat (Photo: Justin Kelso)
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Vegans on social media have reacted to a recent story about a man finding a packet of meat in a supermarket crawling with maggots.

Justin Kelso posted the image of the meat and maggots online after shopping at a Co-op store in Plymouth.

Captioning the picture, he wrote: “Live Maggots in the meat section at Salisbury rd Coop. Gross. Feel free to share. Careful what you buy [sic]!”


According to Kelso: “After spotting the maggots I didn’t want to touch the packet of meat, so I picked up the box containing the bad one and handed it to a member of staff.

“I said seriously, this has live maggots all over it. She said ‘oh dear’, and was very apologetic and kept saying sorry.

“She took the box out to the back room and that was it.”


The story has gained some traction online – with a number of vegans commenting on the incident.

Facebook user Domi V Piasecka said: “If eating pigs is okay for people, then surely eating maggots should be okay too?!”

Alan K. Parsons added: “Protein tho? One company is planning to create animal feed from the protein-rich maggots. 

“Why eat the meat when maggots are so protein rich [sic]?”


A spokesperson for the supermarket said: “We go to great lengths and work closely with our suppliers to ensure the highest standards, this product has been removed from the shelf and an immediate investigation into this isolated incident is underway.”

Some social media users have suggested the packet was opened and the maggots put inside.


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Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.