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Worm in Campbell's Chunky Soup!!
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MASSACHUSETTS -- I purchased a can of Campbell's Chunky brand Chicken & Corn Chowder on 12/4/06. Actually, I had purchsed 6 cans of their soup in 3 varieties. Opened the can and microwaved it and split it with my daughter. While my daughter was eating the soup she spotted something on her spoon. She wasked me what it was and I said probably a stem of some sort and took it off her spoon. I then looked at at closely and saw it was a WORM! The insect looked like a maggot and was about 3/4 " long and fully intact. I called Campbell's 800# on the can and they took all the info from the can and my contact info and said they would send a reimbursement check ($1.85?). I returned all of the remaining Chunky soups to the store and I WILL NOT be buying their product ever again as obviously they have bad quality control. This experience was so traumatizing that I can't fathom eating a canned product of any kind ever. The customer service rep sounded like she gets these calls all the time which is truly disgusting. I purchased these products because my son plays pop warner football and always admired the commercials with all of the pro-football players and their moms. He has been asking me for Chunky soup for months and for this to happen is disheartening. I am sorry but there is no excuse for an full insect to be in a can of soup. I feel as though all kinds of insects could be in their products just not detected---T. Harrison
     
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Sparticus on 2006-12-06:
This is probably more common than you think, considering the amount of various vegatables that are combined into those products. Since they are pre-cooked, perhaps they don't wash/inspect them as much as they should. Gross none-the-less!
Noneill on 2006-12-06:
I agree with Sparticus, I am sure it happens all the time. We just cannot always recognize it. It seems disgusting to us, but there are cultures that eat maggots and other insects. I hope your reaction was not witnessed by your daughter. It really isn't a life or death situation and this could set her up for food phobia.
Anonymous on 2006-12-06:
Considering the quantity and volume of prouct they put out, it doesn't surprise me.
Anonymous on 2006-12-06:
I am so glad that the little critter wasn't eaten. I got a can of green beans with a grasshopper once. Not a big deal unless you eat it or at least half of it to prove your case. Give Campbells another chance, okay? Btw, isn't little league football the best? Especially when the PARENTS behave while the game is being played?
Anonymous on 2006-12-06:
Did you keep the worm?
Skye on 2006-12-06:
If it was a maggot, it might be a fly by now. Either way, I am sure there is lots of stuff in our foods we don't realize has been processed into it. Don't they have some kind of chart that allows for certain "non-food" items to pass through?? It's still yucky. I found a fly in a head of lettuce recently, he was buried in the leaves.
Anonymous on 2006-12-06:
I had that happen to me also, Skye.
Anonymous on 2006-12-06:
Well, worms are a source of protien, but I have to admit that I would also be disgusted if I found a cooked worm in my soup. However you do have to admit that there are worse thing than finding a worm in your soup, for instance finding half a worm.
heaven17 on 2006-12-06:
Well, it is a CHUNKY soup... Okay, seriously, I really think you have to ask yourself, how many cans of their product have I used/consumed without a problem and compare it to this one bad incident. If this is the first time, it's forgivable. Any major company can have the same thing happen occasionally even when taking all of the necessary precautions. I think it's pretty funny that we (myself included) feel sick when we encounter something like this when there are cultures in the world that eat bugs on purpose. Ah, well. C'est la vie.
Shakra on 2006-12-06:
Mmmmmm...protein
Anonymous on 2006-12-06:
heaven17 - You are right she should be asking herself how many cans of their product have I consumed/used with a problem, she should also be asking how many cans have I used and consumed without realising that I ate a worm not knowing it was there.
harrisonfam on 2006-12-07:
Thankfully I played it cool and didn't let my daughter know what that was on her spoon. I doubt she would have never ate processed food again...she is 14 and so squimish. I always heard those weird statistics about how many bugs we eat unknowingly, but dismissed it as urban legends...I guess they are not! I did keep the worm thinking they may want to see what in the world it was. yes, Mr. Mafia a half of worm would have been a whole lot worse. I just can't see myself at this point opening up a can of soup and not be paranoid thinking about that worm so I'm steering clear of their products especially. If I do use a can of vegetables or something, you best believe that I looking through it before serving it my family! zzrokk- loved pop warner football, my son is so bummed that football is over!
Anonymous on 2006-12-07:
Nice, Harrison. My son is grown now but I still take in a few games. In about three more years my oldest grandson will be stepping onto the field.
Campbellsquality on 2006-12-22:
Harrison, I am also quite disgusted. I was sitting down to eat a bowl of soup before heading out to the hockey rink and I also found a Maggot in a Campbell's soup. I know it's easy for everyone to say that its not that big of a deal and it happens all the time, but its a different story when all you want is a bowl of soup and you are about to put a whole worm in your mouth? I'm actually quite glad to hear that there is more than just me that have had to go through this experience.
Starlord on 2007-05-09:
Our daughter refuses to use ketchup, as she once heard the FDA allows a certain amount of insect parts in ketchup. We haven't had the heart to tell her that the FDA has a level for insect parts in nearly every canned or packaged food, as it would be impossible to remove 100% of insect parts, rodent hairs, etc. Don't go getting queasy, the amount is so small that finding an intact maggot is very very unusual.
zen999 on 2008-05-28:
This has just happened to me and my mother today, and by God, I plan to make a youtube video out of it! I have pictures of it and more, and we are both really pissed off, and will never eat a crappy can of campbells soup again.
SllyWhckyCtie101 on 2008-06-22:
are you absolutely POSITIVE it was a worm? by the law, it can'T possibly be allowed to happen - mistake or not! it was probly a different item, but looked as if it were a worm! I'm sorry if your all p*ssed at me, I know I cannot really judge since I was not there, but I just thought id throw this out =)
DebtorBasher on 2008-06-22:
I realize this was posted in 2006...but since there's been new comments posted...it may have very well been one of those little corn worms...Whatever y'all do, DON'T think that switching to Hormel's Beef Stew would be better...they have windpipe in their Dinty Moores!
moni_62960 on 2008-10-09:
This also happened to me. I found a maggot in Campbells Cup of Soup. It was chicken noodle. When the lid was lifted off after drinking 3/4 of the cup there was a live maggot after being microwaved! When I called Campbells 800 number I was told that theirs are usually black because they've been cooked so he didn't think it was from them and sent me a few lousy coupons! Like I'm really going to drink more of their soup!
Graycyn on 2009-02-24:
I too found a worm in my Campbells Chunky Sirloin Burger with Country Vegetables. I'm so disgusted. I had taken a few bites when I noticed this "thing" looks like a mealworm. I pray that it was the only one and I didn't eat one or its eggs. Yuck! I called Campbells and they are "forwarding" my complaint on to the quality dept. and sending me some coupons. Not sure if I could ever by their soups again though. Clearly, I'll anaylyze every bite. Sigh. Worse part, the soup wasn't even good. My husband bought the wrong kind. Go figure.
Al-X on 2009-03-14:
Heres a maggot for you,, heres one for ,you,,heres yours,,and one for me;)Now,,,who wants the juicy fat one,, or should we split it among ourselves before anyone else comes wandering in?
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Low Sodium New England Clam Chowder Tastes Like Sulfur And Is Awful!
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TALLAHASSEE -- The company claims to have added Sea Salt but something makes it taste like sulfur. It is awful and that is all I taste. Why couldn't they just cut back on the salt - use the sea salt but not add the other awful taste.

I could have added any additional salt I wanted but now I can't fix it - all I taste is sulfur.
Company Response 11/15/2010:
Hi Sue8888,
Sorry you were not happy with the New England Clam Chowder you tried. We would love to gather some more feedback. Please give us a call at 1.800.257.8443. We are here Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 7 PM EST.
     
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Alain on 2010-11-12:
Go to http://www.campbellsoup.com, click on contact us and then on 'Send Us Feedback' to let them know about this.
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Where the beef ?????
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BOISE, IDAHO -- I just finished eating a can of chunky vegetable beef soup, not one piece of beef in it. That's not very good.
     
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dale1774 on 2012-03-30:
How many carrots? Should call it carrot and beef juice soup and fat juice.
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Almost Ate The Worm
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I thought they only put mealworms in the bottom of bottles of cheap Tequila. I found out today that they somehow find their way into Campbell's soup too. I was disgusted to find it and could not believe it was actually in the soup. I guess some of the ingredients were past very rotten. I guess they make too much money and don't care about quality control.

Well I was a regular consumer of the Chunky soups but no more! I will find a company that cares what goes into their soup.
     
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Anonymous on 2009-05-20:
ewww yucky.
BokiBean on 2009-05-20:
Not to nitpick, but only mezcal has a worm, not tequila. Extra protein.
Slimjim on 2009-05-20:
I bet Donovan McNab never bargained for that when Mom fed him this delicacy.
Anonymous on 2009-05-20:
Actually, you should call Campbells and let them know, I've heard that they have really good quality control and take these types of calls very seriously. You'd be surprised what we all eat w/o even knowing it though, but I agree it's gross and I wouldn't want to see it either.
Anonymous on 2009-05-20:
I've found worms in Ramen noodles and in a packet of those pasta side dishes that you just add water to. It's gross, but bugs do find a way into our food sometimes. I'd be more worried about the bugs and bug parts you DID eat and didn't know about.
Anonymous on 2009-05-20:
When I was a kid, my dad worked in a factory that produced ketchup. I could tell you MANY things you eat without having a clue.
old fart on 2009-05-20:
A certain amount of hair, insect parts and the like are allowed by law...No one and no company can make food products without "some" unwanted ingredients...
Anonymous on 2009-05-20:
raven, I've heard that so many times about ketchup. What's up with ketchup that is so much more gross then other things? Not sure I want to know, I may not eat ketchup ever again..but I had to ask.
quantumauto on 2009-05-21:
I don't think the worm is the gross part. In fact, the worm is probably one of the more nutritious components of the soup. The disgusting thing is what ingredient of the soup was rotting and had enough bacteria in order to form worms.
MSCANTBEWRONG on 2009-05-21:
I've actually toured their facility in Maxton NC and they are extremely stringent in the areas of cleanliness and health codes. I would bring this to their attention. I'm sure you'll receive a response from them.
quantumauto on 2009-05-21:
I have brought this matter to their attention. They said they will send me a coupon for a new can of soup. I hope the new one is worm free.
Anonymous on 2009-05-21:
justbcuz, Things that fell into or got into the vats were chunks of rust, etc from theh ceiling when it rained, spiders, mice, rats, etc. He and his buddies used to have bets on how many rats would make it from the tomato trucks into the vats.
Anonymous on 2009-05-21:
Yuck raven! I just gave the kids hot dogs with ketchup on them.
Anonymous on 2009-05-21:
lol, sorry littleyaya!
Anonymous on 2009-05-21:
Added protien I guess *gagging*
DebtorBasher on 2009-05-21:
A worm in Campbell's Chuncky soup or windpipe in Hormel's Dinty More Beef Stew...decisions, decisions....
Anonymous on 2009-05-21:
Hormels Dinty More beef stew is good eats
DebtorBasher on 2009-05-21:
That coming from a guy who won't eat Miracle Whip....
Anonymous on 2009-05-21:
lol....I knew you were going to say something like that..lol


madconsumer on 2009-05-21:
before this, how many cans of thjeir soup have you eaten? take that number and divide this 1 bad can, and you will see the percentage is very very low. since these vegetables are all machine proccessed, things can happen.


in some countries worms are a favored treat.
ladywine on 2009-06-14:
You might have gotten a better result had you returned the item to the store where you purchased it and explained what the issue was. You could have at least received a refund for the product that way. It'll also alert the retailer to any potential problem and they can pass the information along to their Corporate office, who then in turn may also contact the manufacturer.

And contacting the manufacturer yourself would be a good idea as well. They're not always aware of potential health hazards unless a consumer lets them know.

I'm sorry you had to experience such a disgusting incident - however you really need to let both the manufacturer and retailer both know. Otherwise it's just sounds like someone complaining for the sake of complaining. And that gets no results.


PepperElf on 2009-06-14:
quantumauto

Worms are not "formed from bacteria".

Bacteria only create more bacteria. They don't magically create other species.


as for reporting this... you should have also told the store you got it from and should have given them the batch number.


Happened to Mom once. Bought a can of green beans and the can was full of another kind of green beans (no worms tho). She took it back to the store and they found another can with the same batch number and opened it to verify... Yep. All the cans with that batch number had the wrong labels on the outside.
quantumauto on 2009-06-15:
PepperElf:

I may have worded my comment improperly (or in a way that you did not understand) in order to keep it short. The worm that I found resembled that of a fly larvae. Flies tend to lay their eggs in decaying matter concentrated with high levels of bacteria. Given this, the worm was most likely hatched (AKA formed) in an environment surrounded by bacteria (not directly from the bacteria - obviously). It is reasonable to assume that if the worm got in the soup that there is a good chance that some of the rotting matter that it was feeding on also got in the soup.

I hope that clarifies things for you.

I was not able to tell the retailer about the incident because we shop a 4 different grocery stores and there in no way for me to tell which one it came from. The manufacturer took all the numbers from the can though so they should be able to track it.
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Wow! I (did) have a V8!
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA -- When I was a teenager, one of my favorite beverages was V8 vegetable juice. I recently had a craving for some, but didn't want the high sodium content, due to hypertension.

Having tried several low sodium soups (YUCK), I was hesitant to try the low sodium V8. I purchased a 6-pack of the 5.5 oz cans.

What a pleasant surprise! This product will be something I purchase on a regular basis. The flavor is exactly how I remember it. I certainly recommend this refreshing 30 calorie drink to anyone who likes vegetable or tomato juice.


     
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jktshff1 on 2009-01-29:
Good information, thanks
memoryx57 on 2009-01-29:
I have always liked V8 but was leary of buying the low sodium. Didn't figure it would taste the same. So thanks for the " heads up " on this. I think I'll give it a try.
Anonymous on 2009-01-29:
how is it with vodka?
Anonymous on 2009-01-29:
D -- I prefer my juice unadulterated. When you try it out, let me know..
Anonymous on 2009-01-29:
Crash, excellent, just add some Tabasco and celery and it's very tasty.
Slimjim on 2009-01-29:
V8 is OK to me but I like straight tomato juice better. I'm not crazy about the celery in V8.
Anonymous on 2009-01-29:
Agreed, Slim. Their celery gets overpowering. I prefer SnappyTom when ruining my vodka.
BokiBean on 2009-01-29:
Great review! I like to know about new products before I hit the grocery store. I wonder if they have it in the hot flavor..that's good stuff.
jktshff1 on 2009-01-29:
Yep, the store bought mixes for a good bloody mary are getting pretty good.
Anonymous on 2009-01-29:
I love V8 Bloody Marys...heck, I love plain old tomato juice Bloody Marys
Anonymous on 2009-01-29:
I love V8, especially the 'spicy' one. Luckily, I can add a liitle salt and pepper to mine and maybe a few drops of Tabasco Sauce. Good stuff! (VH)
Anonymous on 2009-01-29:
The v8 fruit juices are very good,and taste a whole hell of a lot better.
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