Strict vegetarian is ‘sick for days’ after biting into king prawns


Strict vegetarian who hasn’t eaten meat for 30 years is ‘sick for days’ after biting into king prawns in her Lidl spinach cannelloni

  • Charlotte Eddy, 40, claims she found prawns in spinach and ricotta cannelloni
  • She said she was left ‘feeling sick for days’ and her trust in Lidl been ‘shattered’ 
  • Lidl said it was investigating the claims and is in direct contact with Ms Eddy 

A strict vegetarian who hasn’t eaten meat for 30 years was ‘sick for days’ after biting into king prawns hidden in her Lidl spinach cannelloni. 

Charlotte Eddy, 40, was horrified to find seafood inside the spinach and ricotta cannelloni she purchased from the supermarket in Trowbridge, Wiltshire last week.  

She claims the incident has ‘shattered her trust’ in Lidl, saying she was left ‘feeling sick for days’ after eating meat for the first time in three decades. 

The banking consultant added she has binned all her other ready meals from the store, insisting she believes lives could be at risk if companies fail to list allergens processed in the same factory.  

Charlotte Eddy, 40, was horrified to find seafood inside the spinach and ricotta cannelloni she purchased from the supermarket in Trowbridge, Wiltshire last week

She claims the incident has 'shattered her trust' in Lidl, saying she was left 'feeling sick for days' after eating meat for the first time in three decades. Pictured: The packaging

She claims the incident has ‘shattered her trust’ in Lidl, saying she was left ‘feeling sick for days’ after eating meat for the first time in three decades. Pictured: The packaging

Pictured: The prawns Ms Eddy claims she found in her spinach and ricotta cannelloni

Pictured: The prawns Ms Eddy claims she found in her spinach and ricotta cannelloni

She said: ‘On Saturday, I cooked [the meal] and thought there was a heck of a lot of sauce on it. I put it in my mouth and knew straight away the texture wasn’t right.

‘I bit into the prawn and I felt sick. I spat it out and delved into it a bit. I found three really large king prawns. I haven’t eaten much all weekend. I’ve been living on bread.

‘I just felt so physically sick and it’s not nice. I knew the texture was not something I was used to having.

‘I’ve got [other ready meals] now that I’ve thrown in the bin. I don’t want to eat them or look at them. It’s put me off. I don’t normally have a ready meal and I thought they looked so nice.

‘It’s difficult. I’m the only veggie in the house and now I’m panicking about what food to eat. This item needs recalling now as it could kill someone with an allergy.’

Ms Eddy says she always checks the packaging of products to see if they were made in a factory where seafood is processed. 

The mother-of-two claims the packaging of her cannelloni did not contain warnings for shellfish.   

The banking consultant added she has binned all her other ready meals from the store, insisting she believes lives could be at risk if companies fail to list allergens processed in the same factory

The banking consultant added she has binned all her other ready meals from the store, insisting she believes lives could be at risk if companies fail to list allergens processed in the same factory

The mother-of-two claims the packaging of her cannelloni did not contain warnings for shellfish

The mother-of-two claims the packaging of her cannelloni did not contain warnings for shellfish

She said: ‘I always read the point where it says if it was made in a factory containing nuts or seafood. If I ever read it’s been produced in a factory containing seafood, I don’t buy it for the risk of cross contamination.

‘I don’t know how I didn’t see [the prawns] but I wasn’t expecting [them] to be there. 

‘Shellfish is a major allergy. All I can assume is the factory is used for seafood as well.

‘Even if it’s made in a factory, it should say it on the pack. I wouldn’t dream of buying a meal that was made in a factory that used meat products.’

Ms Eddy said she may now return to shop at Tesco. 

She added: ‘Even my husband was really shocked because he knows how much I check everything and how careful I am. He wasn’t too happy with it.

Ms Eddy (seen with her husband Michael) says she always checks the packaging of products to see if they were made in a factory where seafood is processed

Ms Eddy (seen with her husband Michael) says she always checks the packaging of products to see if they were made in a factory where seafood is processed

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'. Pictured: Ms Eddy

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’. Pictured: Ms Eddy

‘I’d had a conversation with my dad that day about how I was shopping more at Lidl and really starting to like their food.

‘I’ve ended up thinking “right, that’s it. I’m back to Tesco”. All the adverts say Lidl will save you money and it does.

‘We’re a family of six and our food bill is shocking. Lidl is really good to help with that, but now, I’m not rushing back there at all and my bills are going to be more.’

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.

‘As soon as the customer raised their concerns with us an investigation was launched with our supplier. We are in direct contact with the customer and will keep them fully updated of our findings.’

A spokesperson for Laila’s Fine Foods, who are listed as the manufacturer of the cannelloni, said: ‘Product safety and quality are of the utmost importance to us and we are working closely with Lidl to investigate these claims.’ 

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