A Bumblebee in my Starkist tuna?

"You can see eyes and a mouth, wings, a big stinger, and it’s a little hairy.”

The Point Loma Nazarene student said he almost ate it.
  • The Point Loma Nazarene student said he almost ate it.

On February 12th, Taylor Preus, an employee of Mark’s Guitar Exchange in Point Loma, got more than he expected with his lunch.

Thanks anyway for the vouchers, "I’m done with them for a while," said Preus.

Thanks anyway for the vouchers, "I’m done with them for a while," said Preus.

“I was just going about my daily routine — selling guitars — and got hungry, so decided to eat my snack, one of those to-go lunch sets with crackers and stuff, and when I opened the to-go tuna package that came with it, this thing fell out.”

The Point Loma Nazarene student said he almost ate it.

“I thought about it because at first I thought it was a burnt piece of something, then looked at it closely and, yeah, no. Upon closer inspection I knew it shouldn’t be in there. You can see eyes and a mouth, wings, a big stinger, and it’s a little hairy.”

“We thought maybe it’s a wasp,” said general manager Jeff Lazzarini, “and Starkist didn’t really say much when we called them.”

After Preus contacted Starkist, they followed up with a generic email apologizing, in part, and offering him free replacement vouchers.

What looked like a stinger may have been due to processing — eww, gross?

What looked like a stinger may have been due to processing — eww, gross?

“No way," he said. "I’m done with them for a while."

The Starkist Lunch To-Go kit was recently purchased at the Costco on Morena Boulevard.

“We’ve named it ‘Little Hairy’ right now because we don’t know what it is,” added Preus.

After consulting with an entomologist friend in the Bay Area, the insect was ID’ed as a "regular fly," possibly a blue bottle-fly whose characteristics include body and legs covered with bristle-like hair.

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Gross, but it wouldn't have caused any problem at all if eaten. Insects are an excellent source of protein. But there are better tuna brands than Starkist.

If people understood what the FDA allows at production and rendering facilities they might never eat so called processed food again. Then again with over 326 million hungry people in the U.S. alone I don’t see an occasional insect, blue bottled fly or not as a problem. Gross, yes! Certainly not the wholesome standards were led to believe our food is prepared under. But Starkist did offer to make Mr. Preus whole.

As for The Reader’s headline writer. A hat tip for intertwining two brands into one story.

OK, ha ha. I had to see the headline a couple times before I got the joke.

Wiki says, "StarKist Tuna is the name of a brand of tuna that is produced by StarKist Co., based on Pittsburgh's North Shore, is an American company, now wholly owned by Dongwon Industries of South Korea." It's possible that you got some Dong in your tuna.

Old man Costco is so old now. He must be older than Montgomery Burns. ;-)

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