A Muslim mum has claimed her Aldi lasagne “tasted like bacon” – and is now calling for the product to be tested in a lab.
Rianne Ward, 39, hit out after buying the Cucina Creamy Lasagne Sauce for a meal with her son.
The health care assistant, who converted to Islam seven years ago, claims she “smelt something odd” as the sauce was cooking.
Having not been a Muslim all her life, Miss Ward is familiar with the smell and taste of pork based foods.
She is now convinced that the sauce contained bacon – which Muslims are strictly forbidden from eating – despite being labelled as vegetarian.
Aldi has denied he claims.
Miss Ward, from Derby, said: “I just sat down and my young son said ‘Mummy, this smells like bacon’.
“When I ate it, it tasted just like bacon which made me feel sick. I was absolutely seething and went back down to the store.
“I just went in with the jar of sauce and made them smell it. I thought it must have been contaminated.
“There was no bacon in it because it had a vegetarian label but a staff member kept telling me it was a carbonara sauce.
“It isn’t. It’s just a white sauce but that shouldn’t explain why it tastes like bacon.”
Miss Ward has made a formal complaint with Aldi and has kept some of the meal in the fridge as evidence, according to the Derby Telegraph .
She is now calling for it to be tested in a lab and says she feels let down by the whole experience. She is also hoping to be compensated for what has happened.
She added: “I’m absolutely furious. I’ve been a Muslim for years now and avoided bacon for so long.
“Then this happens. I felt like I’d betrayed my religion. It’s just not on.”
A spokesperson for Aldi reassured customers that the product is vegetarian.
In a statement they said: “We are sorry to hear Miss Ward is unhappy with this product and can reassure her the lasagne sauce is completely meat free.
“The product is flavoured with smoked salt which gives it its distinctive taste.”