'I saw it looking back at me': Mum-of-two finds CRAB HEAD in tuna tin

Zoe Butler, 28, discovered that there was something fishy about the tin of tuna she was about to dish up to her children when a severed crab's head was looking back at her from inside

Grim: The offending item in Zoe's tin of tuna. (SWNS)
Zoe Butler, 28, who has made a complaint to Princes after finding a severed head of a crab inside a can of tuna (SWNS)
Zoe Butler, 28, who has made a complaint to Princes after finding a severed head of a crab inside a can of tuna (SWNS)

A disgruntled mum-of-two was appalled to find the severed head of a crab looking back at her after opening a tin of tuna.

Zoe Butler, 28, a clerical officer from Arnold, Notts was preparing her daughter’s dinner when she opened the #1 Princes tuna to see the small head and cuts of a crab roll onto the plate.

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.’

Her immediate reaction was to scream and drop the fork, then shout for her grandmother for a second opinion on the slimy crustacean.

Zoe’s grandmother, Susan Goddard, 69, said: ‘It’s a little red and has eyes, bright black, looking at you. We did manage to ascertain that it was dead.’

Zoe said she hasn’t shown it to her children for fear they would be put off eating tuna and has since complained to Princes as well as the local Asda store in Nottingham where she bought the tuna on Saturday.

She added: ‘I just want to find out what it is and to make sure it doesn’t happen to somebody else.’

Dr Hany Elshiekha, associate professor of vetinary parasitology at the University of Nottingham, said that the beady-eyed sea animal could be some form of juvenile crab.

A close-up of the severed crab head inside Zoe Butler's tin of tuna (SWNS)
A close-up of the severed crab head inside Zoe Butler's tin of tuna (SWNS)


He said: ‘All I can see from the picture is a body and the eyes are very prominent. The legs have been chopped off during the process.’

A spokesperson for Princes said: ‘We were contacted by Mrs Butler and immediately responded to apologise.’

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‘We are arranging for her to send us the product so that we can look into this matter fully.’

An Asda spokesperson also said they were awaiting the outcome of the investigation.