A mum-of-three was left "mortified" after discovering something that "looked and felt like hair" in the Mamia Beef Stew she purchased from Aldi.
Jemma Gallimore, 30, from Cheshire, had warmed up the microwave meal for her 11-month-old son, Fred when she came across the hair.
She says she found a smaller strand before pulling a 'massive chunk' out from the gravy, terrified that her son could have choked.
She said: "I was absolutely mortified. He will never have meals like that again. I’ll make sure of it.
“[Fred] had one spoon then looked like he wasn’t too sure about it – pulling the food out his mouth.
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"I went to give him another one and saw a little hair on it.
"I’d pulled that, then another and it pulled this massive chunk out. I thought, 'what the hell have I just fed my child?'
"How I didn’t even notice on the first one I’ve got no idea. It’s gross.
"The way that it is and how it feels, it feels like a horse mane.
"It was quite big and proper furry. It was probably about two and a half inches long to where it’s joined together.
"I put it to the side and thought 'no way'. As I looked through [the meal] again there were all single hairs in it."
Aldi, however, disputes the claim and say that they have spoken to the supplier and believe it was actually a piece of vegetable root.
A spokesperson for Aldi said: "Our supplier has robust processes in place to prevent foreign objects from entering production and believes this to be part of a natural vegetable root.
"We have apologised to the customer that this product didn’t meet our usual high standards and have provided a full refund."
The full-time mum from Holmes Chapel however remains unconvinced and has urged the supermarket giant to recall the item, after saying she found more of the meals still on the shelves.
She said: "We’ve grown potatoes for years and everything like that. I don’t believe it’s from a root.
"It could have been a choking hazard. Even if it was root matter, it shouldn’t be there anyway. It felt like hair and came away like hair.
"I’m excited to see what it is if they get it tested. We should have maybe got it tested ourselves privately."
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