A horrified mum has slammed KFC after her daughter found what she thought was a "worm" in her corn on the cob after spitting it out.
Keeley Trundley, 38, from Bromley, ordered a £43 KFC takeaway while the family was gathered for son Jamie Pearson's 18th birthday.
Celebrations were cut short when her 21-year-old daughter Kayleigh-Ann Pearson thought her cob was "hollow" and spat it out.
"I think that's a worm", she says while inspecting the corn cob but her horrified family can't believe it at first.
A video shot by Kayleigh-Ann shows the invertebrate, which KFC believes to be a crop-munching corn borer larva, sticking out from the middle of the cob.
A corn borer larva is an extremely destructive caterpillar that turns into a sandy-coloured moth.
Kayleigh-Ann gasps as her mum removes the critter with a paper towel then jokes to her brother: "What a lovely birthday surprise, Jamie."
The family claimed the bug out them off eating KFC and corn cobs for life.
KFC have apologised for what they called a "lost corn borer" and pledged to reach out to the mum-of-five and "make things right".
Kayleigh-Ann said: "I went to take a bite of this corn and I just knew something wasn't right.
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"It was hollow in the middle but usually it's quite hard and you take the corn off.
"I spat it back out into the box straight away. I automatically thought it was rotten but the worm must have eaten it.
"At first I thought it was underdeveloped sweet corn but then I saw it was a worm and I started videoing because I thought it was just terrible. It was horrible."
She added: "I'm never eating KFC again and I'll only be eating sweet corn from a tin or frozen sweetcorn. I won't be eating it off the cob any more."
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Her mum added: "It was a bit like a Bushtucker Trial. I felt sick for hours after it."
She continued: "Once Kayleigh-Ann found that, the others refused to eat their corn. They wouldn't even open it.
"I knew she hadn't eaten any of that worm because I could see the head, but I did worry in case she'd eaten another one.
"I'd like to say it's not put me off KFC because it was only in the corn, but for the time being when anyone mentions KFC I'm just going to associate it with the worm.
"It'll be months before I can order one again, maybe even a year or more. It's put me off corn on the cob from anywhere – even at home now.
"I'm just glad it wasn't one of the younger children because they probably would have eaten it. We all felt queasy because Kayleigh-Ann went around showing everyone.
"It was nice of KFC to give us a free gift, but next time it would be great if it was just a burger."
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