Couple horrified to find 'maggots' in chicken bought from Aldi in Sheffield

A close-up showing what Darren and his partner say are maggots inside the chicken
A close-up showing what Darren and his partner say are maggots inside the chicken
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A couple were horrified to open a chicken bought from a Sheffield supermarket and find what they say were maggots inside the bird.

Darren, who has asked to go by his first name only, was preparing a Sunday roast with his girlfriend Hannah, having purchased the chicken from the Aldi store in Handsworth the previous afternoon, when he made the grim discovery.

Darren Lister says he was so horrified he is considering becoming a vegetarian

Darren Lister says he was so horrified he is considering becoming a vegetarian

The 31-year-old student nurse from Swallownest was disgusted to find the bird's innards had been left inside and a number of dead maggots were visible, as shown in these photos.

When he contacted Aldi, the retailer offered him a refund and vouchers - but he branded the offer 'insulting', saying it wouldn't even cover the cost of the takeaway the couple ordered after their supper plans were thrown into disarray.

"We were both shocked to find maggots inside the chicken, and I'm reluctant to shop there again after this experience," said Darren.

"I'm toying with going vegetarian for a while at least because I was so horrified and the thought of eating meat, especially chicken, doesn't appeal to me at the moment.

The couple say the chicken's intestines had been left inside

The couple say the chicken's intestines had been left inside

"I found the amount they offered in compensation insulting. To me it suggests they don't value us as customers, and it doesn't give us confidence that they're investigating to make sure it won't happen again.

"We want to be made aware of exactly how this happened and what's going to be done as a result."

Darren said the bird's intestines were still inside, despite government advice stating it is illegal to sell uncooked intestines in this country, except as sausage skin.

He told how his partner is a veterinary surgeon, so has seen worse, but she never expected to be confronted by such a sight while preparing a meal.

The packaging for the chicken

The packaging for the chicken

"She's very cross. When I first saw it I asked 'is that a maggot?' and she said 'it can't be', so she was a bit shocked when she found out it was," he added.

"It's so disappointing to find you can't trust a supermarket to provide safe food fit for human consumption.

"Hannah said you can't even put intestinal contents in pet foods (legally) as they are high-risk animal by-products."

An Aldi spokeswoman said: "We have apologised and have raised this isolated incident with our supplier."