A woman has vowed to go vegetarian and ditch meat altogether after finding a scaly foot inside her Lidl roast chicken.
Mercedes Checkley, from Bedford, bought a seasoned bird from Lidl for £3.99 last Sunday (February 6) and popped it in the oven for a roast dinner for herself and three friends.
When she removed it from the oven an hour and 45 minutes later, she discovered an entire chicken foot inside the animal's body.
The 25-year-old said the unexpected sight left her vomiting and feeling faint and she has now vowed to ditch meat altogether after the incident, saying she "gags" every time she enters her kitchen.
Mercedes, who is a team leader in a care home, said: "My housemate heard me making a weird noise and she knew something was wrong.
"I think it was the shock. At first, it was disbelief and almost funny because I was shocked but then reality set in and I went very faint and was physically sick.
"I haven't eaten since and I'm now really put off meat."
She said: "My body was shaky and I felt so faint that I couldn't stomach eating after being sick but had to force myself to eat a few mouthfuls as I hadn't eaten all day.
"I will absolutely never eat meat again. Every time I've been in my kitchen since it happened, I gag."
A spokesperson for Lidl said: "We were very sorry to hear of this matter, as it is never our intention for a customer to be dissatisfied in any way.
"We work very closely with our suppliers to ensure that the fresh meat we offer is of the highest possible quality for our customers.
"We were therefore disappointed that our expected high standards have not been met on this occasion.
"Following contact with our customer services team, the matter was escalated to our Quality Assurance department and our supplier to be fully investigated.
"We are in direct contact with the customer and will update them on the final outcome."
Chicken feet are gelatinous, high in collagen, and commonly used to make chicken stock and soups.
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