A SHOPPER got more than he bargained for when he opened a tin of beans to find them covered in green mould.

Jason Barnes visited the Morrisons supermarket in Chorley Old Road and picked up four tins of Morrisons Value range Baked Beans with Sausages.

The 25-year-old, of Arnold Street, Halliwell, opened one of the tins after getting home but found it was covered in "furry green mould".

He said: “I was absolutely starving and hadn’t eaten all day so I was looking forward to the meal.

“When I opened them a puff of what seemed like smoke went off in my face — I thought I was imagining things.

“I looked down and low and behold I didn’t see the orange colour of the beans, but instead it was all green.

“It made it worse that I was really hungry and at the time I didn’t want to open any of the other cans in case they were the same.”

The can had a sell by date printed on it for February 2016.

He added: “I have had one or two nasty experiences with food before but I would have to say this one was the worst.”

He has since opened two of the other tins of beans and sausages that he bought at the same time and found that they did not have the green mould inside.

Morrisons asked Mr Barnes to bring the offending item in and it was taken away for testing.

A spokesman said: "Our testing revealed the product became mouldy as a result of damage to the can.

"There is absolutely no way of ascertaining when or how that damage occurred whether it was within the supply chain, in store, at check out, when being transported home, or even in the customer’s home."

The store has offered Mr Barnes £20 in store credit vouchers as a good will gesture.

He added: "I am satisfied with what they have given me. I will probably spend the credit on a nice piece of meat — I will be staying away from the beans."