When a San Remo customer poured a bag of pasta into a pot, they didn't expect to see "15 small bugs float to the surface".
A Reddit user shared the unpleasant discovery - what is assumed to be weevils - on the social media platform, and it seems they aren't the only ones finding bugs in their pasta.
Another user said they also "found a few unwelcome surprises" - "live insects" - in their food.
The insects were found after they emptied half a packet of pasta into a pot and found "dozens" of small black bugs and a handful of larvae.
"Snapped a few blurry photos before yeeting the pot into the gurgler and panic-pressing the InSinkErator button," they added.
The person didn't name the brand, but urged people to check their dry pasta before cooking it.
The San Remo customer said they weren't expecting a year's supply from the company in compensation, but wanted "to stop other people from experiencing this".
The customer said the San Remo penne pasta was purchased from Countdown Henderson. A spokesperson for the supermarket said all food safety complaints are taken seriously.
"The best thing customers can do if they have an issue with the quality or safety of their food is to get in touch with our team so that we can undertake an investigation."
Other users have weighed in on the ordeal, with one person describing weevils as "relentless and damn near impossible to get rid of".
Another said they had a similar experience when cooking with San Remo's fettuccine, to which the company responded that weevils "can be a major pest of stored grain".
They added their products go through a "rigorous pest control program" before being packed, and they were confident the insects got into the customer's product outside of their warehouse.
"It is most likely that the insect entered the product at a source outside our premises. Insects can penetrate the flexible packaging materials to lay eggs without the intrusion being visible to the naked eye."
Newshub has approached San Remo for comment.