One look at this freshly-opened jar of jam and you’ll probably be horrified – but all is not what it seems.
Yes, on first look it looks like a used condom is sitting top of the redcurrant jelly, that was bought from a branch of Co-op in Northamptonshire.
Even Troy Hawkins, who bought the jam jar, thought that that is exactly what it was when he opened it.
Posting the picture on Facebook, he wrote: “What I find in a jar of your red currant jelly and you think a twenty pound vouchers is going to keep me quiet.”
However, Co-op investigated and discovered it wasn’t a condom at all – despite its uncanny resemblance.
In fact, the shape was nothing more than solidified white foam that formed when the jam was boiled.
A spokesperson replied to Troy, saying: “Just to assure you again we have treated this very seriously indeed and after full analysis, we can assure you this was not a condom.
“On inspection of the jam supplied, the substance was found to be a solidified white foam. Foam is often created when boiling up fruit in a high sugar solution (such as jams and jellies).”
An anti foaming agent in the batch failed to do its job, apparently, with the foam forming the unfortunate shape as the jar rolled along the production line.
Nevertheless, the company later apologised to Troy for what was an honest mistake.
Top pic: Facebook