Furious Aldi, M&S and Tesco shoppers say ‘rancid and rotten’ turkeys ‘ruined Christmas’


Supermarket shoppers claim they have been left furious after opening up ‘rotten’ and ‘rancid’ turkeys from M&S, Aldi and Tesco on Christmas Day.

Countless Brits claim their big day was ‘ruined’ by inedible poultry from some of the nation’s favourite supermarkets.

One person in Cardiff tweeted on Christmas Eve: “@AldiUK so disappointed to open my turkey from Cardiff Bay store and see that it is rotten and smells absolutely rancid.”

“Unfortunately drove down to the store but it had closed 30 minutes earlier, along with all other big supermarkets”.

They were not the only dissatisfied Aldi turkey customer.

Another man, who had bought for £30.76 a whole turkey from Aldi’s free range East Anglian Bronze Roly Poly, complained on Twitter.

He said: “@AldiUK if only you could smell my turkey this morning, absolutely rotten, hope you have a merry xmas.”

Whole turkey is rotten and slimy the stench is unbearable we’ve got no turkey on Christmas day,” said a second individual unhappy with their Aldi East Anglian Bronze Roly Poly turkey.

Aldi were not the only supermarket at the end of stinging criticism from customers unhappy with their turkeys, though, with M&S and Tesco also receiving unhappy complaints online.

One woman shared on social media a photo of an Oakham Turkey Crown with a price tag of £37.80 and use by date of December 27.

She said: “Oh no @marksandspencer the turkey is off though in date! Bought at #Teddington store but don’t think they will appreciate me returning as smells bad!

“Can I still request a refund? #Christmas without Turkey but #MerryChristmas to all – it could be worse…”

Another customer, who had bought a turkey crown for £71.28 with a use by date of December 27, suggested the supermarket might be better called “mould and spencer” than Marks and Spencer after finding mould on their turkey.

A disgruntled Tesco customer, Kayleigh, said of their turkey nightmare on Christmas Eve: @Tesco bought a Turkey 2 days ago.. opened to prepare today best by date 26th but absolute stinks and is definitely gone off!”

“Christmas dinner ruined tomorrow.”

Tesco responded to this message and said they were “truly sorry” for the turkey smell and advised her to return the turkey and packaging to store on her next visit so staff could provide “the best resolution”.

When Manchester Evening News approached Tesco the supermarket giant declined to provide an official comment, but provided the following information.

Tesco said it works hard to provide great quality turkeys, and this includes having strict animal welfare and traceability requirements.

Tesco said it is helping customers by providing advice on storage, preparation and cooking their turkey. Guidance can be found on the product label, in store and online.

Tesco says that turkeys bought in-store should be returned in-store, where store managers will handle the returns and refund process. Complaints about turkeys bought online will be handled by its customer service team.

A spokesperson for Aldi said: ““We are sorry that a small number of our products did not meet our usual high standards. If customers are not completely satisfied with their purchase, they can return items to their local store with proof of purchase for a full refund.””


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