An investigation has been launched after a woman claimed she found live 'worms' in an egg bought from Tesco in Isleworth.

Nicole Foster, of Whitton Manor Road, Isleworth, says she has been put off eggs for life after receiving the shock of her life when she sat down for lunch at her Isleworth home.

She says the spaghetti-like worms were still wriggling as they spilled out of the egg, which had been poached.

The 40-year-old school chef says she bought the box of Big & Fresh eggs from Tesco Extra in Mogden Lane, Isleworth, in the middle of August and cooked them on August 22 - well within the expiry date of September 9.

"As I cut through the middle out came this huge bundle of what looked like worms," said the mother-of-two, who also has a two-year-old grandson.

"I couldn't believe my eyes. They looked like pasta and they were squirming. I was gagging and threw my plate off my lap in shock. It's put me off eggs for life."

Nicole Foster with her grandson Kaylan, two
 

A Tesco spokesman said: "We set ourselves high standards for the quality of the food we sell and were disappointed to hear of this incident. We have contacted our supplier to investigate and our customer service team will update Ms Foster with the findings."

Rob Newell, head of brand marketing at Big & Fresh, said: "Our products meet the highest quality and safety standards set by the food industry. We are currently investigating the complaint and are in the process of trying to obtain the sample for this isolated incident."