OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – A woman says she got more than she paid for at Whole Foods in Berkeley – a bag of sprouted rice with live maggots. She claims she accidentally ate the vermin because their little black heads and white bodies look “strikingly similar” to rice grains with pepper.
Aisha Adkins says she bought a bag of GoGo Rice during a spiritual fast in which she ate only foods “grown from the earth.”
Adkins says she had never prepared brown rice before, and relied on Whole Foods and GoGo Rice when she bought it.
After she prepared the rice for dinner according to the bag’s directions, and ate it with black pepper and capers, Adkins says, she went to her kitchen to clean the pan and saw live maggots trying to wriggle out of the bag.
Upon investigation, she says she discovered that she had accidentally eaten some of the maggots, which with their white bodies and black heads looked “strikingly similar” to rice grains with pepper.
Adkins says her spiritual fast “seemed to take a frightening turn” after this, and she felt ill and slept little that night. She filed a formal complaint with the Whole Foods store, which gave her a refund, then she filed this complaint in Alameda County Court.
She seeks punitive damages for negligence, breach of warranty and product liability. She is represented by Melanie Popper and Arcolina Panto of The Revelation Law Firm in Berkeley.