LIVE baby mice tumble out of crisps bag as horrified mother takes multipack off shelf at Tesco store

A stunned mother has described her shock at seeing live baby mice tumble out of a packet of crisps she had just picked up in a Tesco store.

Liz Wray said she saw half a dozen mice drop from multipacks of crisps in the supermarket in Aston, Birmingham, where the rodents appeared to have been nesting.

'They were repulsive and made me feel revolting,' said the health visitor. 'There were half a dozen of them crawling out of different holes in the crisps and we couldn't believe our eyes.

Rodents: The newborn mice on the store of the Tesco store in Aston Lane, Birmingham

One of the images of the newborn mice, taken by Liz Wray, that fell from the crisps packet. The rodents appear to have nested in multipacks of the snacks

Enlarge   Shocked: Mother-of-one Liz Wray found mice had been eating away at the crisp packet

'They were repulsive and made me feel revolting,' said Mrs Wray

'I was with a work colleague who reached out towards the crisps and started screaming. They dropped down from the shelf.

'Suddenly these tiny pink things appeared from the multipacks and were lying in front of us. I'm not sure if they were inside the multipack or if they were just in among the packets.

'But there were a lot of holes in the bag - they'd obviously been at them.'

The mother of one said that instead of closing the new store all supermarket workers did was put a box over the rodents in aisle six before calling in pest control.

Liz was shopping in the store with a friend when she made the discovery on Friday afternoon.

She said: 'When I told the store manager, he said "We can't do much about it because we are near a canal and railway track and the mice tend to come through the floor."

'I couldn't believe he was saying that to me. The whole situation was horrible.

'I couldn't believe that they only closed a part of aisle six. I asked the store manager what the normal policy is and they said that they wouldn't close down the store.

'When I rang the head office I was told that the policy is to ring environmental health and get them to investigate. They should have shut the whole store.'

Tesco called in Rentokil to deal with the incident and today apologised for what happened.

A spokesman for the supermarket said: 'This was clearly an upsetting discovery for our customer, for which we are very sorry.

'Pest control experts were in the store to deal with the problem and we are confident this was an isolated incident.

'The cleanliness of our stores is a priority for all our staff and there is a clear protocol on how they should deal with this kind of issue.'

Infestation: The Tesco store in Aston Lane, Birmingham, where the incident happened

The Tesco store in Birmingham: The supermarket said it had called in Rentokil to deal with the incident and apologised for what happened

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