Maidstone shopper Natasha Duffy finds 'meat' in cheese and onion pasty from Tesco
Shopper Natasha Duffy
discovered what she believed was meat in a Tesco cheese and onion
by Nick Lillitos
Vegetarian Natasha Duffy felt physically sick when she noticed
what she suspects were pieces of meat in her cheese and onion
The 21-year-old shop assistant bought it from Tesco in Tovil for
her evening meal.
"I put one slice in the oven and got to eating it half way when
I noticed tiny pieces of pinky coloured meat on my plate," she
"So I lifted up the remaining pastry and found more pieces. They
gave off a foul smell on closer examination. I wanted to throw
Miss Duffy, of Church Street, Maidstone, said she opened up the
uncooked slice to investigate further - but there was no meat
present. She binned it, keeping only the offending pieces from the
The £1.50 own-brand product is labelled suitable for
"I was quite shocked," she added. "My partner Benjamin Turner
took a sniff and he too thought it didn’t smell right.
"I won't be going back to Tesco anytime soon. I'll now be
sending the evidence to Tesco for examination."
The suspected meat found
in a vegetarian Tesco pasty by Natasha Duffy
The supermarket chain has, along with other competitors, been
experiencing a torrid time with revelations of horse meat found in
It resulted in their shelves being cleared of thousands of
items, and a pledge from Tesco's top boss to source more of its
meat from the UK.
Chief executive Phillip Clarke told a UK farming conference last
month Tesco now wanted to "reconnect" with Britain's meat industry,
provided it can meet the demand.
On the latest suspect ingredient, Tesco has promised a thorough
A spokesman said: "We were concerned to hear about this issue,
and if our customer is able to return the product to the store, we
will begin a thorough investigation with the supplier.
"Alternatively, we can arrange to pick up the product at the
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