DISCOUNT RETAILER Aldi has voluntarily recalled 38,000 packets of frozen vegetables following a complaint from a British grandmother who found half a rat inside one.
60-year-old Pat Bateman from Liskeard in Cornwall had just fed her two-year-old granddaughter lunch and was putting the bag back in the freezer when she noticed something “out of place” in the pack.
She told The Sun: “It was nearly empty so that’s why I spotted something that looked out of place in the bottom of the bag.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I pulled it out. It just looked like half a rat. It had fur on it. I showed my husband and because it was frozen we left it to defrost before taking another look at it.”
She added: “We had eaten almost all of the bag before we saw it — and what’s even worse — I fed it to my youngest granddaughter.”
Aldi offered her £500 compensation and assured her that there was no rat infestation where the vegetables were produced.
Ms Bateman, a retired florist, said the compensation was not enough and that she felt “physically sick” over what had happened.
Aldi said in a statement: “Following Ms Bateman’s complaint, we removed this product from sale to prevent any further issues.
“We have suspended all orders from this production site whilst we investigate this matter.”
The last time a complaint like this was made to the popular retailer was in 2016 when a woman claimed she found rat droppings in a plain yoghurt.