A SUPERMARKET chain has apologised to a Ramsbottom customer after delivering him two rusty tins of pineapple.

Gary Fleming was shocked when he received his order from Asda on April 30 only to discover that his tins of Del Monte sliced pineapple were so heavily corroded he refused to eat them on health grounds.

Though Asda has now said sorry for the mishap, the retail giant has admitted it is at a loss to explain how the tins came to be in such a bad way or found their way into Gary’s shopping bags.

“I was so annoyed when I received the Asda food delivery containing two tins of what could best be described as botulism,” said Gary.

“The rusted pineapple tins look like they have been in storage since the 1970s.

“I am just flabbergasted as to how a prime supermarket could send something out to a customer in such a state.

“I’m genuinely not joking when I say you would die if you ate them”

Popular TV ads of the 70s had The Man From Del Monte saying yes to fruit delights but the same reaction was not shared by Gary on uncovering the tins.

An Asda spokesman said: “As soon as Mr Fleming made us aware of his complaint we immediately looked into what had happened.

"And after investigating at the store these items came from we could not see any other tins with this issue, so we are at a loss to understand what has happened.

“We would like to apologise again to Mr. Fleming and we are pleased he has accepted a refund as well as a goodwill gesture for the inconvenience.’’