Is this a dead cockroach in this meat pie?
THEY say you never really know what goes into a meat pie, but a Redbank Plains bakery customer thinks she has a pretty good idea after an experience that would make your skin crawl.
Darcel-Rose Colenso contacted the Queensland Times and also posted on social media this week, after claiming that she'd come to within a bee's whisker of biting down on a dead cockroach that had somehow found its way into her meat pie.
A furious Ms Colenso took the pie back to the shop and was given a refund, but she complained that she was unhappy with the attitude of the bakery staff and later urged other people not to shop at the business, which is next to Woolworths at the Redbank Plains Shopping Village.
"I took three bites out of the pie, and it was just lucky I was dunking my hot chips into the pie because that's when I noticed these wings and antennae," she said.
"I ran over to the sink and spat it out straight away."
Ms Colenso said she'd been offered a lot of support from other members of the community since complaining on Facebook - including back-up from others who had complaints about the bakery.
Although the photograph Ms Colenso took of the pie seems to show something black mixed in with the meat, the QT is unable to confirm that it was in fact a cockroach.
Bakery manager John Dam confirmed that Ipswich City Council had already responded to Ms Colenso's complaint by conducting a health inspection on Thursday.
The bakery has been allowed to continue trading.
"We had to close for half a day so that they could do the inspection," Mr Dam said.
"They told us everything is okay, and we just need to keep in control of pests."
Mr Dam has worked at the bakery for more than 10 years and said it was "very clean".
"We have a very good reputation in the area," he said.
An Ipswich City Council spokesman issued a statement late yesterday saying that the bakery had been co-operating with food safety inspections.
"Council is aware of concerns raised on social media about a business at Redbank Plains," council said.
"Assessment has been undertaken to confirm that appropriate standards are being maintained by the business to ensure community safety.
"The business operator has been co-operating with council to ensure that is the case."
The author of this story personally tested one of Redbank Plains Hot Bread's sausage rolls yesterday. The author can confirm that the product did not contain any animals you wouldn't usually expect to find in a sausage roll.