A Tesco shopper revealed how she was “vomited” after receiving “stripped” chicken in her grocery shipment.
The mother gained weight Parents forum Mamasnet asking other customers if they saw the same problem.
And they flooded the mail, complaining about similar issues with several supermarkets.
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The post read, “Has anyone else had this problem? I live in the middle of nowhere and usually have Tesco deliver my purchases every week with no issues. This week I got sausages that were 3 days out of date, but this was obviously more than everything else a picker mistake.
“But lately I haven’t had a chicken three times if I opened the package a day or two after it was delivered, and within the date. The smell made me vomit every time. It’s branded whole chickens. It got me put off i’m buying them now and i gave up. the smell put me off chicken tbf. i haven’t had a chicken until recently. could it be a supplier problem?
“The first time I just attributed it to bad luck and disposed of it. Because it’s happened since I had to contact her about a refund as spending money on throwaway groceries isn’t ideal. Before anyone mentions it, I’d love to buy everything from the local butcher, but money is tight and I tend to have everything shipped as I live out of the way and have two disabled children.
“I just want to know if anyone has had the same meat problems lately? Would you complain?
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Other users quickly agreed with the mother.
One said, “I had it a few months ago – bought a chicken from Sainsburys, well within the expiration date and when I opened it I just thought,” ugh. “Needless to say, I didn’t cook it and it left I ask me sometimes if things stay outside too long when it’s warm.
A second wrote, “I had the exact same thing a few weeks ago. A whole Tesco chicken. The smell was hideous. Could have puked.”
Regarding the current problem of food shortages, a third added: “I have a feeling that supermarkets think that we should be grateful enough to be able to buy everything now and that the quality of meat, cheese and fruit and vegetables is good subsided. “
A fourth wrote, “Co-op, the first time I dumped it and assumed it was my fridge (it wasn’t) the second time I sent it back for a fresh one, then I stopped closing it buy as the smell from the refrigerator was terrible. ”
A fifth said, “We ordered chicken leg portions as part of our regular Asda shop and received delivery on Tuesday. The chicken was brought to a boil on Thursday (use-by date was today) and the stench of the meat made me vomit so bad. It has happened a couple of times in the past few months. We assumed it was because of the packaging change – they are now packaged in a plastic bag instead of a box with sealed foil over the top – but maybe it’s a general quality problem with poultry at the moment. Obviously the chicken portions went in the can and after 20 minutes outside so I didn’t feel so sick I was able to rustle something else for dinner. I’m just glad we didn’t eat them Tuesday or Wednesday as they probably would have been free enough to make us sick but might not have smelled that awful. Getting a refund from Asda wasn’t a problem, but it’s frustrating. ”
And a sixth added, “I’ve definitely noticed that Tesco’s meat standards have gone down. The last couple of packs of chicken breasts were gross. I bought from a local butcher last week. I was surprised how cheap it was and the chicken was.” delicious! Oh, and the bacon – it didn’t shrink to a quarter the size of a slice and I had the best bacon sarnie I’ve had in years. “
Tesco was asked to comment.