Three nabbed for adding maggots to supermarket meat

AMSTERDAM Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:28am EDT

A shopper looks over the selection of meat in a grocery store in this December 24, 2003 photo. Three young men in the northern Dutch town of Damwoude were charged with damaging property after adding maggots to supermarket meat that was later sold to a customer, police said on Thursday. REUTERS/ Frank Polich

A shopper looks over the selection of meat in a grocery store in this December 24, 2003 photo. Three young men in the northern Dutch town of Damwoude were charged with damaging property after adding maggots to supermarket meat that was later sold to a customer, police said on Thursday.

Credit: Reuters/ Frank Polich

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Three young men in the northern Dutch town of Damwoude were charged with damaging property after adding maggots to supermarket meat that was later sold to a customer, police said Thursday.

The shopkeeper found 40 maggots after the customer complained, and identified the men, aged between 18 and 21, on a surveillance tape as they put the insect larvae into packaged meat.

Only one package of the maggot-infested meat was sold, a police spokeswoman said.

The suspects told the police that they had played a prank with bait left over from fishing. The rest of the meat in the store was destroyed.

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