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Supermarket worker discovers crawling larvae inside her jar of cayenne pepper

A supermarket worker has been left retching after discovering crawling larvae inside her jar of cayenne pepper after pouring it onto her meal. 

The Perth woman was halfway through making scrambled eggs when she decided to shake a bit of the Coles brand spice into her breakfast. 

But she quickly became concerned when unfamiliar 'sesame-seed' sized pellets started dropping into the pan. 

'If you look closely, they are not sesame seeds, I'll show you,' she told viewers in a video on TikTok explaining the saga. 

The woman then pans the camera over the top of the jar to expose hundreds of bugs squirming over each other and tunneling through the seasoning. 

'Let me tell you, I feel sick,' she said, before gagging. 

'I can literally smell the bugs.' 

In text superimposed over the clip, she said the product had expired in January this year.

But she still did not believe that was an excuse to find a colony of insects inside the glass jar. 

'I have definitely used that since January, and I use it in my burrito bowls, and that means this whole time I've been eating larvae, that is so f***ed,' she said.

The video rapidly went viral, racking up more than 26,000 reactions, leaving social media viewers horrified by the disgusting discovery. 

'Nooo this will haunt me forever!' One woman wrote.

Another added: 'I'm scared to eat spices now 

Others were quick to point out the unwelcome pests were weevils, and urged her to check the pantry to ensure other goods were not infected. 

'I think those are pantry bugs? Check your flours and breadcrumbs etc too if they aren’t in airtight containers. I had the same thing recently,' one person wrote.

Several other entered a debate over whether the issue was with Coles or rather how she was storing her food.  

'They are not from Coles, those bugs are in a cupboard at her home,' one person wrote. 

'If anyone buys those spices from Coles, you'll know that the shaker seals properly once its open,' another chimed. 

After dozens of commentators started speculating about the cause of the infestation, the woman responded to say she does not store her spices in the pantry.

'I store my spices separately away from my pantry lol. I make sure to seal them all correctly every time I use them and there isn’t any in my other spices,' she claimed.

'However thanks for the info on weevils, I wasn’t aware and now I am. It's still gross.'

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Coles for comment.  

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