Infested Chocolate Treats Shock Family

Published: Dec. 21, 2017 at 6:15 PM CST
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A favorite treat turns into a shocking discovery that leaves a mother worried and her children gagging.

Before their sweet tooth could bite into a Ferrero Rocher chocolate ball, Nicole Dyer and her kids are shocked to see its already being eaten.

Insect larva crawls from Ferrero Rocher chocolate treats Nicole bought in a plastic container at Wal-Mart on december first and she said was opened ten days later. The expiration date January 2nd 2018.

That’s why the family didn’t expect to bite into more than they should chew.

Son Mario Crawford said, ”I just spit mine out and about threw up.”

Iyamari Crawford said,” I seen worms start falling out and it was gross.”

and concerning to their mother.

Their mother Nicole Dyer said, “I was worried what might happen to them. I had to hurry up and Google side effects of eating maggots.”

Six On Your Side took the infested candy to the extension service which identified Indian Meal Moth caterpillars.

Kathleen Cue with the University of Nebraska Extension Service office in Omaha put the larva from the chocolate balls under a microscope and she said, “These don’t cause any problems to humans, they don’t spread diseases, they don’t vector anything, they’re just one of those ick sort of things”

Family attorney James Martin Davis said he’ll write a letter to Ferrero and Wal-Mart. Davis said, “We don’t intend to place a claim against you because nobody was seriously injured or whatever but you ought to be on notice telling them about these quality control issues.”

Six On Your Side made several attempts to get a response from Wal-Mart about the infested Ferrero Rocher chocolate balls sold and an Omaha store but received no response.

Manufacturer of Ferrero Rocher chocolates sent Six News a statement which is on the side of this article.

 “Ferrero takes great care in and is passionate about guaranteeing that all of our products meet the highest quality standards —from ingredient sourcing through consumer purchase.  One of the key elements to ensuring the freshness and quality of our products is the duration and conditions of storage, in particular storage at the proper temperature.  Our products need to be carefully stored throughout the entire supply chain to preserve their original characteristics, which is why we print proper storage instructions on all of our outer cartons and each consumer package.  We take cases of product deterioration or damage very seriously and will do all we can to avoid recurrences to guarantee the satisfaction of our consumers.


Rare occurrences of infestation have occurred in Ferrero Rocher, similar to other chocolate and food products whose packaging makes them more vulnerable to infestation.  Pests can penetrate nearly any type of confectionery packaging on the market today, except glass or metal.  


Our investigations have determined that infestation generally occurs during the retail distribution or in-home storage phases, when the products are not stored in ideal conditions.  Ferrero has a comprehensive pest management program in place at each of its manufacturing facilities worldwide.  Importantly, insects would not be able to survive the manufacturing process given the intense high temperatures and machinery used.  Although, as mentioned above, we print proper storage instructions on all of our outer cartons and each consumer package, infestation can occur if the product is stored with or near infested food products or pet products. “


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