An Aldi customer has vowed to give up meat forever after finding an oesophagus hanging out of her chicken.
Connie Luna's revolting pictures show a worm-like object protruding from the bird which she has identified as the deceased fowl's food pipe.
The 21-year-old mum chucked the entire chicken in the bin, rather than the oven, and she and her family had to make do with vegetables and potatoes for Sunday dinner last week.
Aldi have said they are investigating the blunder and have confirmed that the organ should have been removed.
Connie, from Wolverhampton, told how she bought the chicken from Aldi's Goldthornhill store in the West Midlands city.
She said she only realised the worm-like object was the gullet when the cord kept on coming out as she pulled it with a spoon.
She shared the images to Aldi UK’s Facebook page captioned with: “I've shopped at Aldi for years, and like every supermarket sometimes the odd bit of veg is a bit off but you can let that pass.
“But then you get a rancid Christmas Turkey (luckily we had a beef joint from Sainsbury's too) and now a medium chicken for Sunday, half de-feathered and half butchered.
“No, that's not a worm. It's the oesophagus. Honestly think you've forced me to become a vegetarian.”
Speaking today, Connie said: “I was very shocked, revolted and mostly confused as I first thought how on earth did a worm get in there? I was slowly going off meat anyway and it's completely done the job for me."
An Aldi spokeswoman said: “We apologise to Ms. Luna that, on this occasion, our usual high standards were not met. We have asked Ms. Luna to return the product to her local store so we can investigate fully.”
An insider for the company said: "Our supplier believes this is part of the chicken that should have been removed during production."
Several Aldi customers complained last year about their Christmas dinner being ruined as they were left with “rotten” birds for the meal.
Outraged shoppers took to social media to slam the supermarket giant as they were still in date until boxing day.