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Vegan “Traumatized” By Lizard Head In Supermarket Bolognese Sauce

by | July 10, 2020

Supermarket chain Lidl has apologized to a vegan after she found the head of a lizard in a jar of bolognese sauce.

Mum-of-two Polly Wheaton purchased the jar of sauce from a Lidl store in Essex, UK, to cook a meat-free meal for her two daughters, Megan and Isabelle.

Vegan Isabelle discovered the lizard head — which is said to have been the size of a thumbnail — on her plate as she was finishing her meal.


“It was traumatising – my daughter still can’t eat properly after this,” said Wheaton.

“It’s not about being vegan – nobody wants to find that in their food, whether they eat meat or not. But it did make it all the more revolting for her,” she added.

“I feel at the very least that this product should have been recalled. The fact that we found an exotic animal in our food in the middle of a global pandemic is shocking.”

Budget German chain Lidl has said it is “very sorry” for the incident, and will be launching a “thorough investigation.”

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It is not clear how the lizard head came to be in the jar (Milan Zygmunt/Shutterstock.com)

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Wheaton has stated that she is upset with the response from the supermarket chain.

“I’ve had to constantly chase them over the last six weeks, and all they’ve told me is that their complaints team is still looking into it,” she said.

“I think this should take precedence over someone who has complained about a bad can of baked beans or something.”

“High Standards Have Not Been Met”

A Lidl spokesperson said, “We were very sorry to hear of this matter and would like to sincerely apologise for any distress that this may have caused.”

“At Lidl, we pride ourselves on having thorough procedures in place to ensure that our products are of the highest possible quality for our customers.”

“We are, therefore, disappointed that these expected high standards have not been met on this occasion.”

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