— Zoe Butler (@zoelouisebutler) January 19, 2015
In a subsequent
“It’s got like a spiny tail along the bottom — it’s quite grim. “I dropped the fork, jumped back, screamed a bit and shouted for my nan to come and have a look.”
She said: “I opened the top of the lid and saw a purply thing, a gut sack or intestine — then I turned it round and pushed it with a fork and saw it looking back at me.
“It’s got like a spiny tail along the bottom — it’s quite grim.
“I dropped the fork, jumped back, screamed a bit and shouted for my nan to come and have a look.”
Butler’s grandmother told the Nottingham Post the oddity was “a little red and has eyes, bright black, looking at
'Eric' has now been identified as a small immature crab also known as a Megalopa! pic.twitter.com/tXSlWhm3H1
— Zoe Butler (@zoelouisebutler) February 5, 2015
Butler said of the identification: “I do feel sorry for it now because so many people say it’s
Butler stated that she sought no recompense for the experience, but she wanted to know the nature and cause of her odd discovery and hoped to prevent something similar from happening to others. Lesley Willis, customer care manager for Princes, said the company would be contacting her to discuss compensation and added, “We appreciate that the appearance of the crab will have been unpleasant; however, please be assured that it represented no food safety risk.”
Last updated: 6 February 2015