Mum's warning after son eats mouldy muffin

A MUM from Ravensthorpe is warning people not to have potentially spoiled food replaced or refunded after her son fell ill.
Farida Khalil, of Spen Valley Road, linked the diarrhoea sixyearold son Junaid suffered last weekend to a mouldy chocolate muffin.
She bought them from Poundstretcher in the Ravensthorpe Shopping Park last Thursday afternoon but had not noticed anything wrong.
The mumoffive, 37, got home and was busy unpacking when Junaid began pestering for something to eat.
So, while distracted, Farida let him have a muffin and only later noticed the remaining three from the fourpack were mouldy.
Junaid, who has autism but attends Ravensthorpe Infant and Nursery School, fell ill on Thursday night.
He was poorly through the weekend and ended up being taken to Dewsbury District Hospital due to being dehydrated.
Farida went to Poundstretcher on Friday and accepted both a partial refund and some replacement muffins.
But she now has no way of proving the muffins were to blame. All Farida can do is use a testing kit to check his stools for pathogens.
“I now realise I made a mistake,” she said. “I gave the only evidence back to the shop and now it’s been disposed of.
“The doctor at the hospital told me it would’ve been better to return them after having them checked for bacteria first.”
She added: “Junaid was clenching his stomach, rolling around and saying ‘my tummy’s poorly’.
“It was so bad I’ve had to throw his pyjamas away. He’s still a bit weak, but managed to go in to school on Monday.”
Farida reported the matter to Kirklees Council’s environmental health team, who then visited the store and gave it the allclear.
Poundstretcher were asked to comment but had not responded by the time The Press went to print.

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