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Silver Lake Cookie Company Gourmet Baked Cookies pulled

AVON, Mass. —Costco and a New York-based company are pulling a batch of cookies off shelves nationwide after a local woman says she found larvae inside her box of Christmas cookies.

Irina Cheremetieva, of Stoughton, told NewCenter 5 she found dozens of worm-like insects crawling inside her box of Silver Lake Cookie Company Gourmet Baked Cookies. She had eaten some before discovering the yellowish larvae.

Her family told NewsCenter 5’s Liam Martin that she’ll be getting blood work done in the coming days as a precaution.

She bought the cookies this week at the Costco store in Avon.

The pest, according to Silver Lake, is Indianmeal Moth larvae. They can infest stored foods, but won’t necessarily make you sick, if you have the misfortune of eating them.

The reaction of shoppers at the Avon store said it all.

“I think that’s pretty disgusting,” said one shopper.

“We buy a ton of stuff here; we’ve never had a problem,” said another. “It always seems like it’s very fresh. And I’m kind of surprised.”

This is the second incident reported with the cookies.

Costco told NewsCenter 5 it has pulled that entire batch of cookies off the shelves nationwide, writing in a statement, “We feel the same way as any other consumer would feel. It’s a bad situation, and we don’t like this at all. Cosco’s responsibility is to buy the best product we can. We can’t inspect every package that comes in.”

Silver Lake Cookies, based out of New York, also released a statement, saying it’s investigating how this happened.

“We stand up for our product and have been in business for a long time,” the company said. “We want to make things right for the consumer.”

While both Costco and Silver Lake are pulling that batch, there is no official recall of the product listed on the websites for Costco or the Food and Drug Administration. NewsCenter 5 only learned about the story through Cheremetieva herself.