Edinburgh couple mortified by Aldi egg fried rice covered in 'scales' and mould

By Jacob Farr

A family in West Lothian were mortified after opening a packet of contaminated egg fried rice.

Claire Macdonald, 26, and Craig Sinclair, 28, originally from Edinburgh, discovered the Aldi own brand pouch contained something more sinister than just an evening snack on Monday September 6.

The young parents, who raise their young daughter Ayla together, had purchased the pouch for around 50p from the Aldi store on Almondvale Road in July.

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Craig, who recently proposed to Claire, said that upon opening the packet “we felt sick to our stomachs.”

Aldi had offered the couple a refund if they returned to the store with the original receipt and an empty packet - something the couple say is absolutely laughable.

He said: “There was no reason for it to look and smell like that as it was in date by some time. We couldn’t eat our curry as it totally put us off. There were what looked like scales, mould, pink meat and pink juices running through and off it. The smell was absolutely unbearable, I genuinely cannot describe how bad it was.

“Someone could have eaten that. A young child, someone with allergies or health issues. We think it is an absolute disgrace that this was allowed to sit on the shelves. Who is quality checking these products?

“We tried for hours to get in touch with someone at their customer service and they just got back to us on Tuesday morning. They said that on our return to the store to bring the empty packet and a receipt for a refund. It is unacceptable. Like hello it looks like there is a dead animal or two in there.”

An Aldi response to Claire’s complaints on Twitter read as: “We’re sorry to hear this and will ensure your feedback is passed on to the relevant teams and supplier to make them aware. On your next trip to store, please return the packaging and your receipt and we will be happy to provide a refund. Thanks.”

It is understood that the store believed the discolouring and puss like appearance to have been caused solely by mould after the packaging was damaged.

An Aldi spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused Ms McDonald and have asked her to return the product to store for a full refund.

“Although rare, incidents like this can occasionally occur if packaging is damaged at any point before the product is consumed, as the contents may be exposed to air.”

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