Published: November 15, 2011
Shock as dead bird is found in salad at Burnham's Tesco store

Tesco has promised a full investigation will take place after a shopper found a dead bird in a prepared salad he bought from the Burnham-On-Sea store earlier this week.

Paul Streeter from Weare said his girlfriend became sick after the carcass of the bird was discovered in a baby leaf and rocket salad that was bought at Tesco's supermarket in Love Lane on Saturday.

He told the BBC: "I couldn't believe my eyes. It was horrific. She was seconds away from eating it."

Mr Streeter said he came home to prepare a meal of pizza and salad for his girlfriend and children.

He emptied the salad into a bowl and presented it to his family at the dinner table before returning to the kitchen.

"Suddenly my girlfriend shrieked and couldn't believe what she'd found on her plate. She had ladled the salad onto her plate and thought she was cutting into one of the dark leaves and what she found was a dead bird," he said.

"I didn't know what to think. I was concerned about the health of my family as they had eaten some of the salad."

He described the bird as "decomposed and skeletal".

A Tesco spokesperson told in a statement: "We take matters of this kind extremely seriously and are very disappointed to learn of this incident."

"Ensuring our food is of the highest quality is extremely important to us and we and our suppliers have robust systems in place to prevent foreign objects getting into products. We are in contact with the customer and have apologised."

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