Ferrero Roche (aka Bug Chocs)

My wife told me about this post in STOMP a few weeks back about “worms” being found in Ferrero Roche chocolates. I was not surprised. My sister had a similar experience some years back. I think it was at least 6 years ago. She bit into a Roche, only to discover a little white “worm” crawling out of the soft chocolate core.

I love chocolates but it took me over a year after that to start eating Roche again. Now this latest news has made me decide never to eat it ever again.

What the heck is wrong with Roche? It’s disgusting!

These are actually not worms, but maggots. Since the outer chocolate-nut layer of the Roche ball seals the inner core, my only explanation for maggots in the core is that flies laid their eggs in the chocolate mix in the factory (wherever that might be). So even after the inner chocolate ball is “sealed”, the eggs will hatch and the maggots will crawl out when someone bites into the Roche.

I did a search on the Net for more info and found these:

Some Singapore schoolgirls posted a video of the Roche maggots on YouTube back in July 07:

How about this one from Canada:

Or how about this report in Reuters:

In the case of the Reuters report, these were imitation Ferrero Roche made in China (hmm…why am I not surprised). In the STOMP case, Ferrero Roche in Singapore claimed that the goods in question were unauthorized parallel imports. But as far as I know, the Roche my sister bit into were genuine.

I shall not go all out to tarnish the name of the Italian chocolate maker. I might even give them the benefit of the doubt that they are a victim of shoddy China-made imitations. But I personally will stay away from all Roche forever.

Buyer beware!

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.