Complaints to the Food Safety Authority increased by a fifth last year.
There were over 4,000 registered with almost a third relating to unfit food, while 28% were related to hygiene standards.
Some items reported to the FSAI were a possibly bloody plaster in a curry, a false nail in a garlic cheese chip, live maggots in fried chicken, and part of a disposable glove in a rocky road biscuit.
In terms of hygiene standards there were issues with excessive flies, rodent droppings and no soap in toilets.
The number of complaints has increased consistently over the last 10 years.